The NCAA announced no action to proposed rule changes that would give Bellarmine University the chance to play in the postseason following its Board of Governors meeting Wednesday.
The process for a school to reclassify from Division II to Division I currently takes four years. The proposed rule change would cut the time in half.
Bellarmine, which has already completed two of the four years necessary, brought national attention to the rule after its men’s basketball team won the ASUN Tournament last March.
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The Knights. who finished 17-13 and beat Jacksonville University for the conference tournament championship, would’ve received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning its conference, but in accordance with their reclassification process, they couldn’t compete in the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitational Tournament.
Bellarmine opted out of all postseason tournaments after the NCAA didn’t budge in March following the ASUN championship.
The NCAA considered granting early eligibility at a strategic vision and planning committee meeting back in June. The committee pushed for the consideration to be decided at the Aug. 3 board meetings. Then the board announced no action either for or against.
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A month ago, Knights senior guard Juston Betz wrote an impassioned letter pleading for the NCAA to change the four-year rule.
“There’s nothing more powerful than a community of people fighting for what they know is right,” Betz wrote. “I just ask that the NCAA and all parties involved are also fighting for what is right, what is best for the student-athletes and participating Division I institutions. I truly believe there is no better time than now to reconsider a rule that was put into place over 25 years ago.”
Davenport also made a plea Tuesday on Twitter, asking the board to change the rule to two years.
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“On behalf of OUR players I plead for a change on their behalf,” part of his tweet read.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Directors approved changes to athletes’ benefits and delayed its vote on changing the transfer rule. The next NCAA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Aug. 31.
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