The Division I Transfer Working Group will spend the next several months seeking feedback on refined exceptions to the rule requiring all student-athletes to sit out a year of competition after transferring. The working group met Feb 12-13 in Indianapolis.
Some exceptions now under consideration include:
- Allow students who meet specific, high-achieving academic benchmarks to play immediately after the first time they transfer during their college experience.
- Allow prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to transfer and play immediately if a head coach leaves the school of the student’s choice, as well as under other exceptions already in the rulebook. Because the Collegiate Commissioners Association manages the NLI, this idea would be referred to the CCA for consideration.
The working group is not considering — and never entertained — a model that would allow all student-athletes to transfer and compete immediately…
Additionally, the working group is not considering preserving the current rule or requiring all student-athletes to sit out a year without exception…
The working group will seek feedback on a high academic benchmark for student-athletes who wish to transfer and compete immediately. The exception would be available once during a student-athlete’s college experience. Student-athletes would not be able to compete at two schools the same academic year. Additionally, if a student transfers to a school that later is found to have recruited that student in violation of NCAA rules, that student would not be eligible to compete immediately at that school.
That, combined with the existing proposal eliminating the ability of coaches and schools to restrict aid to student-athletes after transferring, would represent a sea change in player transfer policy. I bet some of you aren’t thrilled by that. Then again, none of you are student-athletes.
The one thing I do wonder about is how allowing student-athletes to leave a program if the head coach is canned will affect an athletic director’s calculations in whether to pull the plug. Gee, isn’t life already hard enough for the likes of Greg McGarity?