Coronavirus pandemic guts projected revenue, prompting Group of Five conference commissioners to seek relief from NCAA, which could lead to cuts in non-revenue sports such as golf
Opposed: By the men’s and women’s college golf coaches associations, a proposal from a group of conference commissioners that the NCAA consider providing schools temporary relief from some Division I membership requirements to ease the sting of revenue losses during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz. Members of the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association joined 15 other coaches’ associations in opposing the move. The concern among golf and other coaches of non-revenue-generating sports is that cost cuts will be borne by their programs. The NCAA requires that schools at its highest classification field at least 16 teams, composed of at least six men’s and eight women’s teams. The relief is being sought by commissioners of the Group of Five conferences: American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt. Those commissioners are seeking “flexibility in addressing the challenges for the foreseeable future,” which they say should be “temporary relief” from minimum NCAA standards for up to four years. The coaches’ groups fear that any temporary waiver of a sport-sponsorship requirement would lead to permanent cuts. Budgets vary greatly among the schools, but Division I men’s golf programs can award 4½ scholarships while the women’s golf programs can award six full grants.
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