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College baseball: NCAA grants roster relief for 2020-21

College baseball programs were granted some roster relief from the NCAA on Wednesday.

According to D1Baseball.com, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief voted to expand rosters and scholarship limits for the 2020-21 academic year.

There will be no limit on roster size, instead of the usual 35-player cap. And the scholarship counter — the number of players on scholarship — has increased from a maximum of 27 to 32. 

Also, the committee voted to eliminate the 25-percent scholarship minimum for one year. Normally, each player on scholarship must receive 25 percent of the total cost of attendance at a university.

This all comes after the college baseball season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA voted to allow a fifth year of eligibility for athletes in spring sports.

Without Wednesday's vote, baseball rosters faced logjams. Now, there is space to accommodate extra players.

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Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday watches during a Big 12 baseball tournament game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and TCU at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla., Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday watches during a Big 12 baseball tournament game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and TCU at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla., Wednesday, May 22, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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