NCAA denies proposal by Group of Five commissioners, which golf coaches and leaders of other non-revenue sports opposed as likely to have hurt their programs
Denied: By the NCAA, a proposal from the Group of Five conferences that sought a waiver from Division I membership requirements that college golf coaches feared could have led to budget cuts among non-revenue sports, according to an NCAA statement. Men’s and women’s golf coaches had joined coaches from 15 other associations in opposing the move. Commissioners from the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt had sought relief from minimum NCAA standards for up to four years to ease the sting of revenue losses during the coronavirus pandemic. NCAA Division I Football Subdivision schools must field at least 16 teams, with a minimum of six men’s programs and eight women’s teams. Other Division I schools must field at least 14 teams. “Higher education is facing unique challenges, and the Division I leadership believes it’s appropriate to examine areas in which rules can be relaxed or amended to provide flexibility for schools and conferences,” said M. Grace Calhoun, chair of the Division I Council and athletics director at Pennsylvania. “We will prioritize student-athlete well-being and opportunities balanced with reducing costs associated with administering college sports, but a blanket waiver of sport sponsorship requirements is not in keeping with our values and will not be considered.”
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