NORMAN — OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said Thursday the program was “supportive” of providing the funding necessary to extend scholarships for spring sports athletes whose seasons were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve made a plan for that,” Castiglione said in a teleconference Thursday. “I can’t tell you exactly how much that will cost us yet because we’re not 100 percent sure how many student-athletes will take advantage of that opportunity. But when we do, we’ll have a calculation.”
The NCAA recently ruled that it would grant waivers for those athletes, though there was no requirement that the scholarships be funded at the same level they were for the most recent season, if at all.
Some schools have already announced they wouldn’t seek blanket waivers for such athletes.
Not long after Castiglione’s teleconference, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Badgers would not be pursuing waivers for its athletes who were seniors.
Louisiana Tech recently announced that they would seek the waivers for its baseball and softball players, raising scholarship money through donations, but wouldn’t do it for athletes in other spring sports.
“It wasn’t without complexity and it wasn’t without an opportunity for coaches to face some challenges as they try to make it work in subsequent years,” Castiglione said of the NCAA’s ruling.
“Any further interpretation for how that might work remains to be seen. But for the coming year, we plan to support whatever our coaches bring forward in terms of student-athletes making a determination to stay for another year or funding their scholarship up to the same amount they had during the ‘19-’20 academic year.”