“I feel like my foot’s been holding up for me, and hopefully it holds up for the rest of my career,” he said.
An NCAA rule change enacted in 2018 has made cases like Curry’s and Johnson’s candidates for waivers. The NCAA grants waivers for a sixth year in cases where athletes miss out on a season of competition due to circumstances beyond the athlete’s control, like injury or an illness in the immediate family. The rulebook states that a redshirt year is considered a circumstance under the athlete’s control.
However, in 2018, the NCAA changed the rule to specify that waivers can be approved for athletes who are redshirted in their first year on campus by decision of the institution (i.e., coaching staff) and then lose another year due to circumstances beyond their control, which was the case for Curry and Johnson.