Cumberland University gives Relief to their Student-Athletes
Monday, March 30, 2020
Cumberland University gives Relief to their Student-Athletes
Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.--On March 16, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) called to cancel all spring sports as the threat of the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Many spring athletes may have played their last collegiate game without knowing it, but the NAIA is granting relief to give athletes one more season of competition if they choose so.

Cumberland University has stepped up in an innovative way to honor all scholarships for the spring athletes while also committing to the recruiting class coming in. Giving this opportunity to the seniors will give them a chance to finish out their last season of competition as well as obtain a master's degree.

Cumberland is out front of the NAIA and NCAA as they will forgo the SAT and ACT test scores for enrollment. All testing opportunities have been suspended at the time due to the pandemic.

Students will be enrolled based on their GPA and the Connor-Davidson Resiliency Scale, a 25-question test to measure an individual's resiliency. 

In order for an incoming freshman to be eligible by the NAIA they must have:

  • 18 or better ACT score
  • 2.0 or greater GPA
  • Upper 50% of their graduating class

The NAIA and NCAA have not given relief on test scores at the moment. Cumberland athletics will accept these incoming freshmen and redshirt them their first season of competition. Roster sizes may be larger, but the CU teams will only be allowed to play the NAIA limit based on scholarships and countable aid.

"We have been through a tornado, no spring sports and now the coronavirus pandemic that has changed our student-athletes landscape. The university has given approval to help our student-athletes, but welcoming to our campus and bring back our seniors." Ron Pavan, Director of Athletics.