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Spring sports athletes will get another year of eligibility after NCAA vote

Mizzou Links for Tuesday, March 31

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One more year! One more year! One more year!

After weeks of public petition and athlete insistence, the NCAA followed through on a plan that many of us saw coming — the organization will grant all spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility. This doesn’t just apply to seniors, either. It’s all of them.

You can debate the pros and cons of this decision in the comments. We made some of our thoughts known a few weeks ago in the Editorial Bored.

I did think this tidbit was pretty interesting though:

The Council left some important questions unanswered that schools will have to address on an individual basis when it comes to building rosters and distributing scholarships. The ruling also adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to carry more athletes on scholarship to account for incoming recruits and seniors who choose to return for another year of eligibility. As part of Monday’s ruling, if seniors decide to return for another season, their schools will not be required to give them the same level of financial aid they received for the 2019-20 academic year.

It should also be noted that winter sports athletes will not be included here. So pour one out for Big ‘Sota when you get the chance.

More Mizzou Links:

  • Pete Grathoff at the Kansas City Star was a big fan of the Tiger King mashup video from yesterday’s links, and he wrote about why.
  • The Mizzou football staff is still fishing for 2021 tight ends: they offered another out of Iowa on Monday.

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:

Generally this is where we deposit the Missouri-related links that don’t fit with the bigger theme. HOWEVER, there are only so many of those to go around these days.

So as long as I’m doing links (Mondays and Tuesdays!) I’ll be posting stuff that’s getting me through this craziness.

  • ESPN ran a piece on every MLB team’s biggest one-hit wonder (season) ever, and I found it to be eye-opening. Remember Mike Morse? Chris Coghlan? Kent Bottenfield?
  • In addition to their piece above, The Athletic decided to rank the Top 100 sports movies ever. As with any list where sports writers dive into pop culture, there are some truly bizarre choices here.
  • Speaking of great sports movies... If you’re in for some reading, here’s Spike Lee dropping a script for an unproduced Jackie Robinson biopic.
  • Somehow I found myself watching this compilation of March Madness buzzer beaters and upsets. Other than the 10-second knife to the gut of Norfolk State, it’s a pretty satisfactory video that scratched my March Madness itch.
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