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Subject: Re: Columbia = SEC Punting Factory

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Date Posted: 11:22:31 03/31/17 Fri
In reply to: florida lion 's message, "Re: Columbia = SEC Punting Factory" on 09:30:17 03/31/17 Fri

Much more complicated than that. Different Ivies have different academic requirements. At Harvard once you earn 32 credits, you are considered as having satisfied graduation requirements. At a school like Penn you need 36/37 credits for certain courses of study and have the option of double majoring which can even involve more credits. So - in that case - dropping out of school (as is basically required at a school like Harvard) is less of an issue.

Then you have the additional complexity of two semester sports like basketball versus one semester sports like football. Since in a 9th and final semester for football you only need to take one credit if that's all you need to finish up (as opposed to the NCAA mandated 4 credits to compete), it's far easier to play football in a 5th year than a sport like basketball where you would need to take 4 in the 9th semester and then finish up in semester 10.

Of course the underlying assumption is you haven't already used your 4 years of eligibility and you qualify for year 5 participation under the Ivy rule which primarily covers injury related "redshirting" but has language which is a little broader and has been used in other non injury related circumstances. Alternatively you are ok if year 5 is only your 4th year of enrollment because you took a leave (as is the case at Harvard).

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