NCAA Will Not Consider Blanket Waiver That Could Result in D-1 Golf Programs Being Cut

The NCAA will not consider a blanket waiver allowing schools to cut sports programs including Division I men’s and women’s golf, the NCAA announced in a press release.

“We will prioritize student-athlete well-being and opportunities balanced with reducing costs associated with administering college sports, but a blanket waiver of sport sponsorship requirements is not in keeping with our values and will not be considered,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. 

The NCAA did add that schools can request such waivers “on an individual basis.” 

As GolfNewsRI reported earlier this week, all all Division I colleges outside of the Power 5 were seeking emergency legislative relief allowing them to reduce Division I membership requirements, including the minimum number of sports a school must sponsor. 

In response to the letters from conference commissioners, the Golf Coaches Association of America, as well as leaders from other non-revenue sports, sent a letter to the NCAA opposing the cuts. 

“Reducing the minimum sports sponsorship requirement that would open the door to eliminating sports should not be an option. We are all in this together, and we are ready, eager, and willing to partner with the NCAA to find creative solutions for the challenges to come. America’s students have had so much taken from them. Now is not the time to cut them off from yet another critical institution that makes university life so special,” write the coaches in a letter. 

RI’s Division I golf schools include the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University and Brown University, with several other Rhode Islanders playing golf at schools across the country.

There are currently 292 men’s and 261 women’s golf programs in Division I.

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