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I do believe that this is wrong, that normal scholarship limits still apply to all D-I college athletic programs. So say if a FB team had a LOT of seniors in 2020, and they all chose to return to play the extra free year in 2021, the staffs need to measure this when regarding their recruiting class for 2021.

The idea is that not only was the 2020 season impacted by covid with cancellations and truncated schedules, but it also impacted the recruiting efforts of staffs who were not able to travel and personally meet and recruit prospects. So it is helpful for at least one cycle if returning veteran players can fill the void created in recruiting due to the virus.

However, is a program was able to bring in a full class, or had few seniors who opt to return, and the scholarship void created by their leaving under normal circumstances was already filled with an incoming freshman, it may cause problems with that senior returning to his/her former team. They still can take advantage of the transfer portal option and utilize that extra playing year with another program that has room for them, however......

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I think the statement from Frank Martin (if I’m assuming the same statement) is with regard to Seventh Woods.  Seventh has the ability to return for a final (and additional) season of eligibility, but should he choose to return,  it does not count against the maximum scholarship numbers.

in essence it’s a “freebie” year for Seventh and for the Gamecocks, similar to a graduate transfer.  Only in this case the player remains at the same school and does not occupy a counted scholarship.

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16 minutes ago, kingofnerf said:

The media hype Twitter for transfer Reese shows him wearing Lawson's number, so am I correct in assuming AJ is gone?

Not necessarily... Reece's number at North Texas was 0.  Lawson wears 00 for the 'Cocks.  Haven't paid THAT much attention to the Twitter hype pix... those are typically just superimposing a new uni's colors on an old photo in previous school's uni.

That being said, Lawson is likely gone.  He's already used up his two opportunities to have NBA scouts look him over.  If he makes any moves, he has to declare... he cannot return to USC if he does ANYTHING with the draft at all this year (i.e. - he cannot "test the waters" again).  

I honestly anticipate him making the move... he doesn't have that much to gain by returning for another year, with the season he had in 2020-21.  He's already shown his skillset by testing NBA waters the last two years, so scouts have been watching him this season.  IMHO, he's done playing in a Gamecock uniform.

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On 4/16/2021 at 12:21 AM, doublea1971 said:

I think the statement from Frank Martin (if I’m assuming the same statement) is with regard to Seventh Woods.  Seventh has the ability to return for a final (and additional) season of eligibility, but should he choose to return,  it does not count against the maximum scholarship numbers.

in essence it’s a “freebie” year for Seventh and for the Gamecocks, similar to a graduate transfer.  Only in this case the player remains at the same school and does not occupy a counted scholarship.

Yep, same statement. Thanks.

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