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If they do it, it will only be for Spring sports.
All the language I’ve read includes verbiage that says the NCAA is going to address Winter sport athletes impacted by this as well.

As it better/should.
 

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The question comes down to scholarships. Do they increase the scholarship allotment for all winter sports teams? Is it based on how many graduating seniors you have? Do they treat like the spring sports season, where EVERYONE (even RS freshmen) gets an extra year of eligibility? Even there, it's not clear what they're doing with the scholarship situation as there are still HS 2020 lax players coming in next year. Can they get bumped in favor of returning seniors?

A lot of unknowns they'd need to get through.
 

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The question comes down to scholarships. Do they increase the scholarship allotment for all winter sports teams? Is it based on how many graduating seniors you have? Do they treat like the spring sports season, where EVERYONE (even RS freshmen) gets an extra year of eligibility? Even there, it's not clear what they're doing with the scholarship situation as there are still HS 2020 lax players coming in next year. Can they get bumped in favor of returning seniors?

A lot of unknowns they'd need to get through.
I am sure many incoming Frosh signed with schools based on expected playing time, do they get to change their minds to play elsewhere? I think the best outcome is that the winter sports were over for most schools at this point but spring sports athletes should get an extra year
 

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They thing about Everett is he might actually be 25 by the end of next season (at which case he’d need a religious mission or military waiver)....kid is really old. Would love to see Giddens stick around. Lamb may head to Europe though.

anyway, with how quickly they dealt with spring athletes I actually wouldnt be surprised if they figure something out here (and spring starts didn’t “just get started”....they’ve been playing lax since January).
 

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I thought I would be milling around Patrick Gym right now in preparation for the big game but instead I'm home anxiously watching my toilet paper supply and regretting my decision to make chili last night. As disappointing as it is to not have a championship game, I'm thankful I was able to be present for Senior Night. Normally I look forward to UVM basketball to bridge those dark winter months but this year was extra special because of the team we had. Seeing Josh start the game was one of the greatest sports and life moments I've witnessed.
 

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I think Speidel still has a year of "eligibility" (he "redshirted" 2016-2017). Again, I think he'll now "go pro in something other than sports". No idea about Ev, Lamb or Giddens. I think they'll all be graduating in May (bachelors for Lamb and masters for ED and DG)

I hear the NCAA may release a bracket anyway. I hope they do. I am a Penn State (undergrad) alum and it would be good to see them "making" the dance, and I'd like just to see what they would have done (like who and where they seed). It would give me a bit more closure.

Man, I'm going to miss March college hoops! :(
 

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Obviously I find this whole situation so sad. No one wants to see anybody put at risk so it is completely understandable. With all the negativity and scary news in our society right now I thought the AE tourney and March madness ....even without spectators.....would be a welcome diversion for society. I get it though....even if 1 person is at risk it is not worth it. That all being said of course this is the year Hartford has the chance to get to an NCAA bid. I feel so bad for the seniors on UVM & Hartford who will never get this chance again and had to learn some painful life lessons very abruptly. I feel bad for the teams who already know they were in who might never get in again. It is just so surreal.

I've never had this situation before. Every year prior to NCAA basketball season I go to Vegas (mostly to watch football at Lagassi stadium which is heaven....and get some rounds of golf in with the guys). I always bet on 6-8 teams I think could win the NCAA championship. I have now won 9 of the last 11 years. One of the years I lost I had 3 of the final 4 teams but I did not have Duke. I had Butler at 175-1 odds. Lost at the buzzer. I have to check the policy at the casino's but I assume I can just return my tickets for the value I paid for them this year. That might have worked out as I am less confident this year that I would have had the winner.

Regarding the negative feelings about Gal. I actually love that. Hartford for so long was an after-thought....a non-entity.....had no real rivals per se....no villians....no personality....etc. Now we are starting to as we have been winning more. I 100% understand why opposing fans would find Gal annoying etc. I'm glad. Back when Leibovitz was the coach...he was a really nice guy....more quiet....passive. Gal was his assistant. Gal brought energy....fire....personality....life to the team....the fans and everyone around him. He is the type of guy who learns your name immediately....listens and will bring up what you talked about last time. He is the type of guy who puts his arm around you and makes you feel like you are part of the team. His rapport with players is phenomenal. When he left Leibovitz staff to go to be the lead assistant at Penn the team lost all it's personality....the whole personality surrounding the team became very sedate. It is a pleasure actively seeing a coach who is riled up....who obviously outwardly cares....who is willing to fight for his school....his players and his fans. It also has been an upswing in winning more in recent years and maybe he has figured out the right type of recruits needed etc. Hopefully the pattern continues and he can take Hartford to the NCAA tourney one of these years. That all being said I have my own issues..... for example I hate when we have a big lead and we seem to slow the game down with 12 minutes to go in the game. That NEVER works....the opposing team always comes back.

So go ahead opposing fans....dislike him all you want....fine with me....as a Hartford fan it's nice to see fire.
 

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UVM would be cruising to the NCAA Tournament right about now.

Sad.
 

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I think Speidel still has a year of "eligibility" (he "redshirted" 2016-2017). Again, I think he'll now "go pro in something other than sports". No idea about Ev, Lamb or Giddens. I think they'll all be graduating in May (bachelors for Lamb and masters for ED and DG)

I hear the NCAA may release a bracket anyway. I hope they do. I am a Penn State (undergrad) alum and it would be good to see them "making" the dance, and I'd like just to see what they would have done (like who and where they seed). It would give me a bit more closure.

Man, I'm going to miss March college hoops! :(
Lamb officially finished classes in the fall semester so he was done by December I believe. He would mention it in his media time during the season. With Everett and Giddens...unsure how far along they actually are in a grad program. In general, a lot of these grad transfers aren't actually getting their graduate degrees, merely completing some of it. I remember this summer there was NCAA talk /articles in NYT about how to make sure those that were doing it were actually getting the right number of credits and the time frame to do it, and schools that couldn't show players were getting grad degrees were going to get scholarship reductions.


Unfortunately I think while they might talk about it and create some exemptions, a majority of graduating seniors and grad students are out of luck in getting another year back.
 

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One thing I’m glad about is that at least all of our seniors had the chance to experience the NCAA Tournament at some point during their careers. It’s still brutal to not see them have the chance to earn it this year, but many other seniors around the country were trying to get there for the first time. For example, the seniors at BU. They actually did it by beating Colgate but then got stopped out without being able to play.
 

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If they grant an extra year of eligibility, we will be celebrating Anthony Lamb as the all-time leading scorer in AE history exactly a year from now. I wonder if Eddie Benton and Taylor Coppenrath, 1 and 2 on the list, will be there to help celebrate?
 

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It is a year for the unexpected, but I think it is extremely unlikely that basketball seniors will get an extra year of eligibility
Even if they do, how many will take advantage of it? I would presume almost all of them are ready to graduate in 2 months (if they haven't completed their coursework already). Unless you want to go the grad school route for an extra year of hoops, I'm not sure it'll be as popular an option as some people think.
 
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