NCAA officially looking into one-time transfer exemption for all sports

Tanya Simon
February 21, 2020

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The working group will seek feedback from Division I members through student-athlete representatives, conference offices, impacted coaches associations and other collegiate athletic professional organizations prior to the Council's April meeting.

"During the league's annual winter meetings (February 12-14), the ACC discussed the transfer environment and unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport".

The athletes must receive a transfer release from their previous school, they must depart in good academic standing and maintain academic progress at their new school, and they may not leave under disciplinary suspension. The NCAA needs to be more player friendly and making a move for a one-time transfer with immediate eligibility is a step in the right direction.

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They would now also apply to football, men's and women's basketball, baseball and men's ice hockey.

"The current system is unsustainable", Steinbrecher said in a new release. "Working group members believe it's time to bring our transfer rules more in line with today's college landscape", working group chair Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference, said in a news release.

If the transfer working group's latest concept is adopted, any athlete would be granted immediate eligibility after a transfer if four criteria are met. "Most importantly, it benefits students". The current waiver process would remain in place for student-athletes who have already transferred, or those who don't meet the above criteria. Other transfer waivers have come on a case-by-case basis, which this measure hopes to alleviate.

Steinbrecher added that the transfer working group will examine potential problems with an immediate-eligibility concept, such as "other coaches potentially tampering with now enrolled student-athletes". "This dynamic has strained the waiver process, which was created to handle extenuating and extraordinary circumstances".

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