NCAA proposes tougher academic standards for football
Among the topics discussed by Big East football coaches at their annual spring meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach is a new NCAA measure that would require football players to pass at least nine credit-hours each fall or potentially face a four-game suspension the following season.
NCAA Proposal 2010-59-C, proposed by the ACC last year and intended to go into effect in August, has been adopted pending completion of a 60-day "override period" in late June.
Under the new proposal, any player who does not pass nine credit-hours (or eight hours in the quarter system) will be ineligible for the first four games of the next season unless he is able to complete a total 27 credit-hours during the fall, spring and summer semesters (or 40 hours in the quarters system). That 27-hour provision is a one-time waiver, and should a player put himself in the same position a second time, he can only regain his eligibility for the third and fourth games of the next season, with the first two games a mandatory suspension at that point.
Under current NCAA rules, football players who struggle during the fall semester have the ability to regain their eligibility by completing the necessary hours during the spring and summer semesters. The new provision presents a time-management challenge for football players, who obviously have most of their schedule conflicts during the fall semester and football season.
"It's one more vehicle in place to make sure -- the studies show student-athletes that come in and start off on the right foot their true freshman year are at a much higher rate to graduate," USF coach Skip Holtz said. "I think it's one more variable to make sure that in the fall, with the time demands on our sport, that they're doing what they have to do to get done in the fall."