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Articles by Katie Lever, M.A.

Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.
Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.

Fall Eligibility Update Amidst COVID-19

Last Friday, the NCAA announced that all fall athletes will receive eligibility relief amidst COVID-19. While this sounds like a free ticket to an extra season of eligibility, there are still important sub points to the statement that athletes should be aware of moving forward. Here are three things current college athletes who play a

August 27, 2020 Katie Lever, M.A.

Keeping Up with the Conferences (Part Two)

The landscape of collegiate athletics is shifting by the day, and the team at LRT-Sports is dedicated to keeping everyone informed. Last month, we published an article about the changes conferences were making in regards to their fall seasons. Since then, several more conferences and universities have likewise altered their 2020-21 athletic schedules. Here is

August 15, 2020

Is My Athletic Scholarship Guaranteed? It Depends.

In a perfect world, all athletic scholarships would be guaranteed for four years (and plenty of people believe they actually are), but unfortunately, the NCAA is far from perfect. The reality is that scholarship policies can vary widely by conference and university, and coaches often do not fully explain these dynamics to athletes. In essence,

August 11, 2020

Federal Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Updates

It’s been hard to keep up with all the name, image, and likeness (NIL) chatter this summer, but the NCAA has once again catapulted the conversation ahead for all the wrong reasons. Last week, the Association presented Congress with a draft of federal name, image, and likeness proposals that make for some pretty bold (not

August 3, 2020

Policy Update on Merit, Needs-Based, and Athletic Scholarships in the NCAA

On July 15th, the NCAA’s Division 1 Council voted to adopt legislation that exempts need-and-merit-based financial aid from counting against athletic scholarship limits for partial-scholarship sports. The rule is set to go into place on August 1st, and although there are currently limited details on what the legislation looks like in practice, here are some

July 30, 2020

Key Points for Athletes | NCAA’s Return-to-Sport Guidelines

College athlete health and safety has been on the minds of many coaches, college sports fans, and of course, athletes themselves for quite some time. Several conferences and universities have canceled their fall seasons citing coronavirus concerns, but the NCAA has been largely silent on its call moving forward. Rather than making an Association-wide decision,

July 22, 2020

Keeping up with the Conferences | A Glimpse at Rapid Changes in College Sports

Will there be a fall season? What will happen in the spring? Who is calling the shots here? These questions seem to be on the minds of all of us who follow college sports, and unless you’re invested in the Ivy League, there’s no definitive answer right now. But in Division 1 athletics, one certainty

July 13, 2020

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