Clemson football DT Nyles Pinckney announced that he’d be dedicating his senior season to those who didn’t have a chance to finish their collegiate careers.
Nyles Pinckney announced that he’d be returning for one more season with Clemson football just a few short months ago, but no one had any idea what would happen between now and then.
As Pinckney and his teammates began going through spring practice sessions, COVID-19 (coronavirus) began to amplify throughout the country.
Because of the threat of spreading the virus, basically all sporting events have been canceled or suspended indefinitely.
The NCAA made the announcement Thursday that spring activities wouldn’t just be suspended, but that the spring seasons would be canceled, basically ending the careers of many seniors throughout the country right on the spot.
Pinckney, who has been vocal in saying he was excited to have one last season in his Clemson football career, took to Twitter Friday to share that he’d be dedicating his 2020 season to all those seniors who didn’t have an opportunity to finish their collegiate careers the way they wanted to.
It’s a great gesture and a classy move from Pinckney to address the fact that there are thousands of seniors across the country- in basketball, baseball, softball and many other sports- that won’t be able to compete in their final year of eligibility.
It should be pointed out, though: The NCAA should make things right.
Those seniors shouldn’t be forced to lose their final year of eligibility due to something that’s completely out of their control. The NCAA could, without a doubt, grant scholarship waivers for these athletes and their programs to allow them to have another chance to compete.
If you’ve ever played a sport, you know how emotional of a time it is when it’s all-of-a-sudden over. That can only be amplified when these players didn’t get to settle it on the court or in the field of play.
UPDATE (1:45 p.m. on Friday): There are reports that the NCAA will give the seniors of spring sports their year of eligibility back.