The NCAA Division I Legislative Council adopted Proposal 2010-59-C on April 12, 2011, pending possible review by the Division I Board of Directors. The proposal specifies that in the sport of football “a student-athlete who does not successfully complete nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term and earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point for the fall term shall not be eligible to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season”. Further, the proposal states student-athletes “may regain eligibility to compete in the third and fourth contests of that season, provided he or she successfully completes 27-semester hours or 40-quarter hours of academic credit before the beginning of the next fall term”. Moreover, the pending rule provides “one time during a student-athlete’s five-year period of eligibility, a student-athlete may regain eligibility to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season, provided he or she successfully completes at least 27-semester hours or 40-quarter hours of academic credit before the beginning of the next fall term”. The rationale of the proposal is to continue “to support the importance of helping to ensure that football student-athletes are progressing toward a degree”, but also recognizing “the fact that any student can have a bad term academically during his or her enrollment”. An additional rationale is to give affected student-athletes “the opportunity to fully regain his or her eligibility one time, it allows the student-athlete to recover academically and get back on track toward a degree without imposing an overly harsh penalty”. However, the rationale notes “this exception may only be used one time during the student-athlete’s collegiate career” to avoid “abuse by repeat offenders”.
Michael L. Buckner is available to answer questions concerning this proposal, as well as rules-compliance issues.