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Ask Coach Taylor, How Can A Player Be Granted A 6th Year Of Eligibility?

Coach Taylor, I’ve heard of some rare cases of a player being granted a 6th year of eligibility. How does this happen?

Great question! The NCAA rules specify that a player must have lost 2 seasons out of their control in order to be granted a sixth season. This is not automatically given, and the school has to appeal to the NCAA for this second redshirt to happen. Unfortunately this is a case to case issue that the school must handle directly with the NCAA to make this happen.

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