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Wagner scholarship flexibility reason Syracuse game would count toward bowl
A Wagner official on Thursday backed up Syracuse’s assertion that SU’s home opener against the Seahawks would count toward bowl eligibility.
Many Orange fans seemed wary the game against Wagner would not count because it offered too few football scholarships required under NCAA rules. Syracuse schedule-maker Herman Frazier explained on Monday that Syracuse was informed by Wagner that the game would count.
Here’s why it counts:
Wagner, which competes in the Northeast Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision, is allowed to offer 40 scholarships. In order for a victory against an FCS opponent to count toward bowl eligibility, the NCAA requires the FCS team to supply aid at at least 90 percent of the 63 scholarship limit allowed over a rolling two-year period.
In other words, the school must supply aid to at least 57 players.
Jim Gibbons, Wagner’s assistant athletic director for academics and compliance, confirmed his school is able to grant any aid — but not federal aid— to a football player and have it count toward the 57 requirement.
Gibbons said Wagner currently sits at 61 scholarships.
By Nate Mink, Syracuse Post-Standard