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To start, I believe we will see a return to some level of normalcy by September. But, if we don't, and if the 20/21 college season is materially disrupted, I would assume the NCAA will grant an additional year of eligibility, as they did with Spring sports.
THAT means some seniors that were supposed to graduate in May 2021 will play in 21/22. The 99s that have committed for 20/21 won't play their first season until 21/22.
So, the age outs from the 20/21 season (2000s) won't have anywhere to play.
Do they, at least for a few years, increase eligibility for junior by a year?
Yeah, I know, 22 year old Freshmen, etc. etc. Just curious to hear opinions.
If things are so bad in Septamber that campuses are not open and sports are not played then eligibility will be the least of anyone's worries. If football is not played, there will be no more college hockey or there will be a huge contraction because athletic funding will dry up.
So, if D1 hockey is possibly in peril, what are the chances D3 hockey will happen ?
All I know is that in 80s I chose a college and was going to play there. The last minute they cancelled their hockey program due to budget cuts and it never returned. Sucked big time. Wish all the kids better luck now.
Endicott or Babson or Bowdoin hockey are not funded by football.. Babson does not have it.. the schools that do have football are funded by football but not spectators, students. There are no scholarships, so a D3 school like Endicott gets guaranteed tuition and housing revenue (near 50k) multiplied by about 100.. near five million guaranteed each year from football. Let's say it costs at least half a million or more to operate it and we'll be generous.. say half the team are getting "academic" scholarships... That's over a million for one athletics program. If these things don't happen, and those students don't come to school, that's a lot of money they are expecting to get that disappears.
You can do the same thing with Babson's 25+ hockey players multiplied by estimated cost of attendance (over 70K). That's over a million per year coming to the school, guaranteed by the coach bringing in hockey players. If sports does not happen D3 will be hurt but not because of spectators