Taking precautionary actions to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world slowly continues to grind to halt. This included the college sporting world as NCAA decided to cancel all Spring activities and events.
In the wake of the news, senior athletes across the United States entered uncharted territory. Essentially cutting collegiate careers short, an outcry from several prominent coaching figures bubbled to the surface. Encouraging the NCAA to consider waiving certain rules due to unusual circumstances, the organization once again handed out a ruling — this one in favor of the student athletes.
Granting an extra year of eligibility, the aforementioned student athletes now possessed options.
For a trio of Oklahoma Sooners looking for a last hurrah on the diamond, the decision comes easy. During a conference call, Patty Gasso mentioned the expectation of Giselle Juarez, Shannon Saile, and Nicole Mendes to return in 2021.
Knowing Juarez and Mendes have been battling through injury, the seniors have ample time to recover. This is good news for a program looking for a dominant pitcher in the circle and leader not only in the field but at the plate. Of course, the solution to the immediate problem only brings about many more unanswered questions.
For instance, Gasso continued on during the conference call by asking, “Is their going to be a roster limit? And if that is the case, what are we supposed to do…cut people? What do we do?
The discussion is still pending but it’s an answer coaching staffs across the nation are scratching their heads over.