You hope the NCAA, for once, can do better, but as summaries go, this is about as succinct a description of what appears to be heading down the transfer turnpike as we’re gonna get:
“Declaring a victory is silly,” said Tim Nevius, a New York-based attorney who used to work at the NCAA. “We used to deny people the ability to contact another school and get financial aid. But, by the way, we still prevent them from playing.”
By the way, indeed.
One of Nevius’ clients is Evansville soccer player Taran McMillan. The freshman is seeking to transfer after a season in which she was named to the Missouri Valley all-freshman team.
However, Evansville’s policies require transfers to request a move within 21 days following the sport’s championship game. That would have required McMillan to make a decision in November of her freshman season during which he posted a 3.55 GPA.
The school is blocking her transfer, which would make her eligible immediately to play at another school in the fall.
“What makes that so despicable, to me, it gives the athletic department an excuse why it can deny a transfer release,” Nevius said. “It is completely inconsistent with what everyone says is behind transfer legislation — to protect athletes’ academic success . This policy demonstrates exactly the opposite. It is simply about protecting her school’s athletic interests and financial investment.”
And that’s just in women’s soccer.