Why make the change? In recent years more and more players had been trying to get transfer waivers for increasingly dubious reasons. It was getting ridiculous, and threatened to create more of an open market for transfers than there was before. (You may think that’s a good idea; the NCAA does not.)
Instead the NCAA will offer a one-year extension of the five year clock* in circumstances that warrant it. IE: if you’ve already redshirted you can make a hardship transfer without losing a year of competition.
All of which should offer great comfort to Khari Harding and his family.
You know, it’s still amazing to me that an organization that spent years crafting arcane limits on bagel toppings and has a rule book for which complex as a description is almost an understatement can’t roll up its sleeves and spend some time and effort crafting a protocol that actually benefits student-athletes instead of simply being done to make life easier for itself.
Okay, okay… somewhat amazing to me. Geez.