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Override Period Ends for the NCAA 9-Hour Academic Credit Proposal for Football

On June 27, 2011, the 60-day override period ended (with 36 override requests) on the adoption of Proposal No. 2010-59-C, which would establish a 9-hour academic credit rule for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football. The proposal is a federated provision, and thus will require successful overrides in FBS and FCS—the NCAA has not reported on whether the override was successful in either subdivision. The proposal amends NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1 for football only. The proposal’s intent is to specify that a football 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, to specify that the student-athlete 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; finally, to specify that 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.

 

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