From Pullman — The NCAA is a sharp organization. It doesn't want football-centric athletic departments to get around the 85 scholarship limit imposed on football programs by stashing promising quarterbacks on other teams. NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 states that any athlete who receives financial aid as an athlete and practices with the football team shall be counted as a football player, even if they were not originally recruited to play football.
A star running back can't be given a track scholarship, for example, nor could Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston get a scholarship for his exploits on the baseball diamond. That means that even though WSU's newest football recruit, Jalen Canty, plans on playing basketball, he'll count against the football team's scholarship limit.
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