It's not an automatic, but in rare cases the NCAA will grant
a sixth year of eligibility to a student-athlete, and that was the desired
decision this week for University
of Massachusetts women's
basketball guard Megan Zullo.
Zullo, who averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists last season while setting a team record with 1,136 minutes played, will return to the Minutewomen for the 2011-12 campaign.
Normally a student's athletic eligibility is four seasons, but sometimes the student is offered the opportunity to redshirt for a year to spread that eligibility over five years. But the NCAA may also grant a sixth year of eligibility, only if a player has missed two seasons because of an injury or circumstances beyond a player's control.
Read more of Dick Baker's piece on MassLive.com