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NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to winter athletes

The Vols and Lady Vols basketball rosters could remain intact, after winter athletes gain extra eligibility.
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Tennessee's John Fulkerson (10) looks for an opening on Kentucky's Nick Richards, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

All NCAA Division I winter athletes have an extra year of eligibility. The Division I council announced the decision on Wednesday. 

“The pandemic will continue to impact winter sport seasons in ways we can’t predict. Council members opted to provide for winter sport student-athletes the same flexibility given spring and fall sports previously,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun.

The NCAA granted fall and spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility earlier this year. 

With the ability to play one more year, the seniors on the Tennessee men's and women's basketball teams can return. The Vols have two seniors and one redshirt senior on the roster. The Lady Vols have three seniors and one redshirt senior. 

The 2020-2021 college basketball season begins on Nov. 25.