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MTSU's Heath ponders extra year of eligibility

By Brendan Daniel

MTN Sports Reporter

April 5, 2020

Earlier this month, the NCAA granted spring athletes another year of eligibility due to the cancellation of all NCAA sports because of COVID-19. MTSU softball's Sydney Heath is not sure if she will pick up the option quite yet.

“There are a lot of things that I have to think about when making my decision to play my fifth year.” said Heath, a senior outfielder from Murfreesboro. “I have to have two shoulder surgeries, but the most important thing I have to think about is my mom.”

Her mom is battling breast cancer and is going through chemotherapy. But Heath has high hopes for her mother.

“She is going to beat it, I have no doubt about that, it is just the thought of me being with her and spending time with her throughout this process.”

The NCAA has also stated that it is up to the universities on how to receive aid.

“My Athletic Academic Advisor, Madison Low, has contacted me about grad school and informed me that MTSU has waived all of the admissions testing for this upcoming year.” Heath said.

Like most players, the cancellation of the season is upsetting. Heath thought the team was going be very successful.

“We worked so hard to get where we were and we felt that the team was going to be very successful this year," said Heath. "Never did we think our season would be taken away from us like it was.”


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