programs at most schools. Water down the quality by letting kids leave after their freshman year (or straight from high school), and risk losing interest and $.
Also, only 14 people watch college hockey.
How can the NCAA treat student-athletes different from one another?
The rule that is being discussed is an NFL rule. The MLB and NHL do things different because they have minor leagues to develop players. The NBA also does things differently (one and done).
The schools, conferences, and NCAA have no say over what entrance requirements those leagues have.
rules. Football players can't put themselves into the draft after year three and see where they land. Then come back to school if they wish. It appears the Hockey student-athletes can do so and stay eligible. Isn't that what cost Braxston Banks his eligibility?
They become eligible when they are old enough.
The NHL has changed their rules, so it's no longer an affirmative decision that players can make at 17, but there was a time when it did happen.
Not to mention the whole Major Junior penalty, which really has no analog in any other sport.