Can anyone explain to me how this transition works?
How is Joe Costello able to play 6 years of college lacrosse? He played 4 full years at UST (springs 2008-2011) ; (NCAA D3 school, no lacrosse team), and i just saw his name in a game recap about LIU-Post vs. Molloy. I know he played at Post last year as well (springs 2013 ; 2014).
I know that the NCAA doesn't consider MCLA years to use athletic eligibility, but I thought if a student was enrolled at an institution with NCAA athletics, they used up academic eligibility. So someone who goes to college at a NCAA school and graduates on time in 4 years has used up 8 semesters of academic eligibility under D1/D2/D3, whether he has played sports or not. He has the subsequent year to play Division 1 sports, or he has two more semesters to play 1 year of Division 2/3 sports, which could be used now or 10 years from now.
Am i incorrect about the clock not starting at that time? If the institution is part of the NCAA, but doesn't have varsity lacrosse, does the athlete's 8 in 10 clock not start? So he can theoretically play 4 years in NCAA D2/D3, after playing 4 years in the MCLA?
I thought that the 8 in 10 clock started whenever you enrolled at an academic institution that had NCAA sponsored athletics. As such, i figured 2013 was his last year. But seeing him on the team this year makes me think i misunderstood the way the clock starts and counts.
Any eligibility wizards able to clear this up?
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