Daily Compliance Item- 10/16/14- 14.3.3.1- 4th Season of Competition

Blitz is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University who was deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Here is Blitz’s enrollment record:
2011-12-  Did not participate per NCAA initial eligibility rules and completed 15% of his degree requirements
2012-13- Competed and completed 40% of his degree requirements
2013-14- Competed and completed 65% of his degree requirements
2014-15- Competing and is on track to complete 80% of his degree requirements
Which of the following is true with Blitz’s eligibility status?
A.  Blitz must complete at least 80% of his degree requirements by the start of the 2015-16 academic year in order to utilize his 4th season of competition
B.  Blitz is not permitted to utilize his 4th season of competition during the 2015-16 academic year because of his NQ status.
C.  Blitz just needs to meet the annual progress toward degree requirements to be eligible to utilize his 4th season of competition during the 2015-16 academic year.
D.  Blitz must complete 100% of his degree requirements by the start of the 2015-16 academic year in order to utilize his 4th season of competition.
The answer is ANCAA Bylaw 14.3.3.1 states that a fourth season of intercollegiate competition shall be granted to a student-athlete who is not a qualifier, provided that at the beginning of the fifth academic year following the student-athlete’s initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, the student-athlete has  completed at least 80 percent of his or her designated degree program. (Revised:  4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, 1/3/06)

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