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NCAA approves plan for moving fall sports championships to spring, establishes blanket eligibility waiver, per report

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Kristian Doolittle and Lon Kruger

Then-senior forward Kristian Doolittle talks to head coach Lon Kruger during the game against Texas on March 3.

The NCAA Board of Directors has announced a plan to move fall 2020 sports championships to spring 2021 and has approved a blanket scholarship waiver protecting athlete eligibility, per a report from The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach.

Auerbach's report says the NCAA will be scaling back the size of fall championships it will postpone. The NCAA is also redoubling its commitment to protecting athletes' eligibility and financial aid after winter and spring sports competitors lost their NCAA championships to COVID-19 earlier this year. 

Per the report, the new blanket waiver will keep current seniors who wish to return next year from counting toward teams' scholarship limits. Ultimately, all fall sport athletes will receive an additional year of eligibility in light of COVID-19 postponements.

The Big 12 conference has yet to announce whether or not Oklahoma sports outside of football will still participate in conference competition during the fall.

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Mason Young is a journalism sophomore and The Daily's assistant sports editor. He covers OU football and previously covered OU women's gym, OU wrestling and former Sooners in the NFL. He has also spent some time as a senior news reporter for The Daily.

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