The NCAA is granting a blanket scholarship waiver for all players participating in fall sports and these Wolverines could take advantage of the ruling.
Things have been really confusing with everything going on in college sports, but this week, the NCAA did a good thing by granting all fall athletes an extra year of eligibility. For some Michigan football players, this could be a big deal.
The ruling states that even if you play in the 2020-21 season, whether or not the season is actually in the fall or the spring, players will still be eligible to return next season, and returning seniors won’t count against the scholarship limit.
So for instance, a fifth-year senior could play in the fall season for Michigan football, even if it technically happens in the winter or spring, he would still be able to return and play for the Wolverines next season, if he chose to do so.
This was said to address the issue of players being worried about playing in a season that wouldn’t have a national championship or that could be shortened. Plus, there is the risk involved with COVID-19, so whatever happens, players will get an extra year if they want.
For the Wolverines, this might not be as beneficial as you might think. It could certainly help with depth purposes and it will stop some players from getting pushed out the door before getting the full experience they deserve.
However, there is a trio of redshirt seniors this could benefit in a very real way and we will cover those three guys here starting with Carlo Kemp.