Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

The rule will put an end to a debatable practice wherein a DI coach would prevent an athlete wishing to transfer from contacting specific schools (usually rival schools).

In addition to a new rule that eliminates the need for a player to receive permission to contact in order to transfer, the NCAA also passed legislation allowing players to participate in up to four games in a season without burning a redshirt.

Nicholas Clark, a former football player at Coastal Carolina and a member of a student representative on the council, said the change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes. The council adopted a process this week that will allow athletes to transfer to another school without seeking permission from their current school.

In years past, if a player wanted to leave a school, the school, if it granted the player permission to contact other schools, could place restrictions on the school the player speaks to.

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. When defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson made a decision to transfer from Auburn after the 2016 season, Jackson said that Auburn would block him from transferring to another SEC school, Ohio State, Clemson or Georgia.

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However, under the new system, individual conferences can agree on their own transfer rules - like mandating time off of competion when an athlete transfers within his or her conference. The group quickly found support for switching from a permission model to notification while also codifying rules against impermissible recruiting of athletes under scholarship.

The NCAA announced two major rules changes to the college athletics landscape Wednesday.

The NCAA is changing a rule that allows schools to block student-athletes from transferring to different programs. The Big Ten, for example, has an intra-conference transfer rule that forces athletes who transfer from one conference school to another to sit out a year in all sports. Currently, a student's notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not one of the listed reasons a school can use to cancel aid.

Beyond this change, the Transfer Working Group is considering other transfer issues, including the processes surrounding postgraduate transfers.

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