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Extra year of eligibility unlikely for winter sport athletes

The NCAA is more than likely not granting an extra season for student athletes that participated in winter sports.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Kentucky Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

With the cancelation of the college basketball postseason, coaches have been clamoring for senior athletes to be able to return for one more season, as they did not get to finish their senior season and play in their conference tournament and NCAA tournament.

According to Jon Rothstein, however, that is looking unlikely. The NCAA is unlikely to grant senior basketball players and winter sport athletes an extra year, as regular seasons had come to a close and they played an entire full regular season calendar before the post-season was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Sources: The NCAA is unlikely to grant an extra year of eligibility for student athletes who participated in winter sports and had their seasons cut short due to coronavirus.

An extra year of eligibility is still in play for student athletes involved with spring sports.

This means that there will be no extra season for Nate Sestina, whose career ended in an unfortunate way. Sestina had previously said that if the NCAA were to allow him an extra season, he would return to the Kentucky Wildcats for the 2020-2021 season.

Kentucky will have to continue to search for another big man by way of recruit, grad-transfer, or hoping EJ Montgomery has a surprise return for his junior season.