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Old 05-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by goldy0084 View Post
.................The only reason a coach wouldn't sign off on fifth-year aid would be if the player was a total a-hole and was behind in credits for not going to class...or some similar situation where the player had done something seriously wrong. Why would a coach or athletic department not want to help out a stud kid who made the NCAA's as well, assuming he/she is a good kid?

Without doing a redshirt or medical redshirt, the only reason you would usually be behind to graduate would be if you took a lighter load to focus on tennis or if you had trouble balancing the two. You could do 24/48 for your first two years and 60 credits is full time. Take a look at this link for progress toward graduation.

So if he/she has done 8 semesters and is in good academic/athletic standing, I don't see why there is an issue.
The coach doesn't sign off on the money, the school does. This $ doesn't come from the athletic budget, it frequently comes from the budget with things like medical hardship, etc., ..the coach can be ok with it, but the admin has the final say and has to have the bucket of money to work with. Sometimes they don't or the medical hardship overrules your situation and wins the funds.

Also, anyone that plays at the "Illinois this week" level knows why it is hard to get behind. Changing majors, only realizing when you get to school how hard playing tennis and getting good grades really is..missing 20 days of classes for spring travel and having to drop rather than take a low grade, lots of reasons a D1 player/family would know and understand.

So the kid doesn't have to be an ahole, do something wrong or be an underachiever to find themselves in this position.
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