The NCAA granted all spring athletes an extra season of eligibility on Monday evening, but left it up to the individual programs to determine if they would award returning seniors scholarships or financial aid.
Ohio State has already made its decision on that front, announcing on Tuesday that it will provide financial aid to seniors for spring sports teams who are returning for an additional year of eligibility.
Buckeye men's lacrosse head coach Nick Myers said Gene Smith offered that assurance just minutes after the NCAA's decision.
Nick Myers said the spring sports coaches were reassured by Gene Smith "minutes" after last night's announcement that Ohio State would honor the scholarships of seniors returning for an additional year of eligibility.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 31, 2020
With incoming freshmen joining rosters and seniors potentially returning for another season, the NCAA has decided to allow spring sports teams to exceed the scholarship limits for their respective sports for the 2020-21 academic year.
Ohio State's spring sports teams that could now potentially have expanded rosters for 2020-21 include baseball, softball, rowing, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis and men's volleyball.