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NCAA grants extra year of eligibility for all participants in fall sports

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 21 NC State at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NCAA has adopted a blanket waiver that gives every athlete who competes in a fall sport an extra year of eligibility, with an extra year to complete it. Recently, the NCAA canceled all of its fall sports championships. (That does not include the College Football Playoff, which the NCAA does not control.)

Fall sports impacted at NC State are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and, of course, football. Any seniors on these teams who wish to take advantage of the extra year will not count against scholarship limits in 2021-22.

Key seniors on the Wolfpack football team include Cary Angeline, Justin Witt, Joe Sculthorpe, Emeka Emezie, Chris Ingram, and Louis Acceus.

Tyrone Riley, CJ Riley, and Dylan Autenrieth previously had been granted sixth years by the NCAA, giving all three two more seasons if they want them. Now every single senior on the team has that same opportunity.

The NCAA also granted an extra year of eligibility for 2020 spring sports athletes after those championships were canceled back in like April, which was roughly 10 years ago.