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There are a couple of things that could be changed to help.

First the NCAA could just increase the number of allowable scholarships in all or certain non revenue sports, It would not be a mandate, but an option for each school to choose. I think most Power 5 schools would like this. Just adding one or even a .5 schollie would really help men's tennis.

I see no reason to mandate full rather than partial scholarships in any sport, especially in the women's head count sports like tennis, volleyball, and gymnastics. In women's tennis there are usually only 8 players on the team with everyone on a full schollie, Walk-ons are rarely competitive and they get no financial help. so with injuries or sudden transfers it is sometimes tough to field a full team. If women's tennis coaches still had 8 schollies they could easily have 9/10 player teams by using partials..

My other idea is for D1 Football to give up 5 to 8 schollies and allocate then to non revenue men's sports like tennis.As part of this plan, I would eliminate the need to red shirt by giving 5 years of eligibility only to FB players. This way you do not have 15 to 20 freshman who basically cannot play, but practice like everyone else and are using precious scholarships. By allowing more freshman to play primarily on special teams without costing them a year of eligibility, I think FB could get easily get by with fewer schollies .

Maybe both these things could be done.

[Post edited by 1969hoo at 07/05/2017 10:06AM]

(In response to this post by CT Wahoo)

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:32AM


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