How An Extra Year of Eligibility Affects Spring Athletics

Jan. 21, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. Feb. 19, first death reported in the United States. March 16, the University of Montevallo closes and spring break is extended. There are many reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak on Twitter and from students at Montevallo, but most of these reactions fall into three categories.   They are either about online classes, social distancing, or how the government and others are handling the pandemic. But there weren’t many reactions to how this was affecting athletics. Of course, athletics aren’t the top concern, and they shouldn’t be, but for the athletes at the University of Montevallo, they are an important concern.   Due to the pandemic, every spring sport ended early, as well as the rest of the season for any winter sports that were still playing. It affected every athlete differently: some were, for one reason or another, excited for it to end; others were devasted that they wouldn’t be able to finish their season.   When the Gulf South Conference (GSC) and the NCAA announced the official ending of our season, it was near chaos. Many athletes had different feelings about the ending, but in general, they all had questions about it. They wanted to know about eligibility; how this was going to affect standings, scholarships, and just in general what it meant for them. Most of these questions were answered...

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