The MSU men return six scholarship players who played last season. In addition to Bishop and Mohamed, Devin Kirby and Amin Adamu are seniors. None will exhaust their eligibility this winter, based on the rule change.
Junior Jubrile Belo, who was named Big Sky Conference newcomer of the year, could end up playing four years for MSU, for example.
The Bobcats also have three verbal commitments in this year’s recruiting class. Only 13 scholarship players are allowed on Division I teams each year, but the adjustment to eligibility could mean potential changes coming to scholarship restrictions in future years.
Montana State has yet to announce its schedule for the upcoming season. Though the Big Sky shortened the conference season to 16 games in the spring to save money, the league may return to a 20-game conference season to allow more games to be played even if some are canceled due to COVID-19.
Since the NCAA reduced the maximum number of regular season games allowed from 31 to 27 — and some teams may not schedule as many as 27 — Big Sky teams may only need to schedule a few nonconference contests. Given the uncertainty of the season, scheduling has created challenges for programs across the country.
The NCAA has recommended players and coaches are tested for COVID-19 three times per week during the season.