An NCAA Division I scholarship rule, which was implemented last year, applies specifically when there has been a coaching change during the current academic year or leading into the new academic year.
In this situation, a student-athlete can continue on scholarship at their Division I university to complete their degree even if the new coach doesn’t invite them back next season and if they choose not to transfer.
With calls we’re getting, this rule is apparently being used in ways that were not intended, and you need to be aware of this if you find yourself in this situation.
Some Division I coaches, when newly hired, are taking advantage of this rule to remake their rosters. They will tell athletes “Hey, you can continue to go to school here on scholarship until you receive your degree, but you no longer have a spot on the team and will never play here.”
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