NCAA Sets Earlier Date For Players To Withdraw From NBA Draft

NCAA sets earlier date to withdraw from NBA draft

      INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA's Board of Directors has adopted a
new withdrawal date from the NBA draft and will toughen academic
standards for football players beginning this fall.
      College basketball players must now announce whether they will
pull out of the NBA draft before the first date of the spring
signing period. That is traditionally mid-April. Currently, players
can return to school without forfeiting a scholarship if they pull
out by May 8.
      Beginning this fall, Division I football players will be
required to earn nine credit hours in the fall semester or eight in
the fall quarter. Players who fail to meet the requirement could be
suspended for up to four games the following season.
      
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