Friday, November 02, 2001

NCAA modifies scholarship rule

The Associated Press The NCAA Division I Board of Directors on Thursday approved the Management Council's modification of the “5/8” bylaw.

        The rule has limited the number of initial grants that may be awarded to players to eight in a consecutive two-year period, with no more than five initial grants in one of those two years. Institutions now will be permitted to award up to nine initial grants for student-athletes who enrolled during this academic year and 2002-03, with no more than five initial grants in one year.

        The board also asked the Administrative Review Subcommittee, which can set aside application of the rule, to develop criteria un der which relief from the rule can be granted when reasonably necessary.

        The “5/8” limit would resume for student-athletes who enroll in 2003-04 with the change that when the number of student-athletes who graduate in any given year combined with those who leave an institution early but who are on track to graduate within five years exceeds the number of initial grants provided during that same given year, the school would earn one additional initial grant. But the total grants cannot exceed 13.


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