College conferences prep for cuts, ask NCAA for help

Letters from commissioners in mid-major NCAA Division I programs are seeking aid from the NCAA due to the mark the COVID-19 pandemic has left on their programs.

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April 15, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), speaks during a brief press availability on Capitol Hill Dec. 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

Five major football conference commissioners have asked the NCAA to relax some requirements to compete in Division I for four years, including the minimum number of sports a school must sponsor.

A letter from the commissioners of the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt and Conference USA to NCAA President Mark Emmert asked for temporary relief from financial aid requirements, along with average football attendance. The request was made on behalf of all 350 Division I schools. The commissioners also asked that a moratorium be placed on schools moving into Division I for the length of the waiver.

The email dated April 10 was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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