It's very simple. The NCAA has different rules for different sports. The rule for football is different. The poster was correct about the 21 year-old age limit. For every year that you are 21 or over, you lose a year of eligibility. So if a 22 year old started running as a "freshman" he only has 2 years of eligibility total. Of course there are still waivers for medical hardships, military service, and religious missions as always. If you are over 24 when you try and start your running career, you are shit out of luck. That's the rule for NCAA DI XC and Track. You sir, are the one who is uninformed.
then explain why chris weinke (sp?) went straight into the minor leagues after high school, got tired of that a few years later, went back to school and was leading florida (or was it fl st.?) in his final season at age 27 or 28.
No military service or LDS for chris, just never started his clock until much later than most. perhaps the ncaa USED to start your clock at age 21, but obviously isn't the case currently.
He is definitely making stuff up. If you enter a DI institution at age 23, you have 1, that is one year of eligibility left in the sport of Track and Field and Cross Country no matter what you've already done any where else. The above poster was right when he said you have to be a full time student to run DI, which is 12 hours, at least until you graduate. We had a kenyan on our team who started at age 21 and were well reminded that he only had 3 years of eligibility left because he was already 21. I'm also heavily involved with NCAA compliance issues. But thanks for giving me something to check on a week later somerandomdude.
actually, "perspective" is the correct one here. say you are over 21, you decide to run two seasons of cross country while taking only 4 credits, then enter a DI institution (at age 23)and run for them. you now have 4 outdoor, 4 indoor, and 2 cross season left. your clock has not technically started, but you did lose those two years of cross.
better informed now pre officer?