GRAND RAPIDS — The NCAA voted on Monday March, 30th to allow an extra year of eligibility for student athletes who were impacted by or had their season cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the class of 2020 and fans too invested in college athletics because there’s nothing else going on in their area rejoiced after this historic and unprecedented decision was announced.
“It’s huge for me and my teammates, we really couldn’t be happier with the decision” said Trey Holloway, a senior lacrosse player and finance major at the University of Virginia. “A lot of us were gonna be here in the fall anyway to finish our degrees, like I’ve gotta retake my foreign language requirement, so to be able delay moving out six months and put my body on the line for no financial gain is pretty sweet.”
“It’s awesome, I mean it…is…AWESOME!” excitedly remarked diehard Vanderbilt Commodores baseball fan Rob Abbott, drooling on his chin a little bit. “To be able to watch these kids play for one more year and get Bobby, Jackson, Damian, and Jay back for a whole other year sets us up to make a run in Omaha no doubt,” he concluded, referring to the players on a first-name basis despite having never met them.
But not everyone had such a clear understanding of the NCAA’s ruling. Drew Neitzel, former Michigan State point guard and fifth in the program’s history in assists, reportedly filed for eligibility after catching word of the 2020 exception. We were able to catch up with Netizel, now an Investment VP at Wells Fargo in Grand Rapids, MI while he was on set for a local commercial shoot for the firm.
“I dropped everything I was doing when I heard about the ruling,” recalled Neitzel, “but picked my phone right back up to politely tell my client that I had a personal matter to attend to. Because at Wells Fargo, we never leave you hanging,” he said making finger guns at a camera that we didn’t have. Confused and a little scared, we asked Neitzel to walk us through his brain when he heard the news, how exactly he thinks he qualifies to be eligible under this rule, and why he wants to go back to Michigan State.
“It’s a life-changing decision they made on Monday — college was the best four years of my life,” unaware that his four years that felt like six or seven for everyone else. “I miss the days of running out of that tunnel to the roar of the Izzone, and inspiring little to go out in their backyard and practice perfect fundamental bounce passes off of their garage doors.”
We explained to Neitzel that the ruling is specifically for Spring athletes whose season was cancelled due to the nationwide shutdowns caused by COVID-19, but he seemed unconcerned.
“Listen man, if there’s anything we’ve learned from this whole coronavirus thing, it’s that pandemics are an unavoidable truth. If I don’t make it in this window of athletes, then maybe the next one, or the next one. I’m already working on a movement of my own that allows colleges to sign one athlete to a lifetime contract. I’ve already got Perry Ellis, Aaron Craft, and Kyle Singler on board.”
Feeling dejected that this man despises the monotony of life so much that he’s applying to go back to college at age 34, we decided to wrap things up.
“Hey thanks so much for your time guys — and remember, it’s a new day at Wells Fargo. We promise no more steals, inside exchanges, and not to cross you over,” he said while dribbling a basketball.
…we promise this article is not an ad for Wells Fargo.