Much ado about transfers

The NCAA’s new transfer rule is a change Nick Saban has time for.

The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new “notification-of-transfer” model. This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the student-athlete’s name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual.

“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”

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 intended to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools. Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.  [Emphasis added.]

There’s some mealy-mouthed stuff that follows in the release promising that the NCAA’s work is not done, but in the end, all this boils down to is what I posted the other day.

“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.”

Game changing it ain’t.


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10 responses to “Much ado about transfers

  1. paint it in roses, make it smell good, but wait it still smells the same-as for the final result


  2. W Cobb Dawg

    A database that all coaches can reference doesn’t seem bad. Just take away all the other restrictive baloney.


  3. Argondawg

    Hell, at least it’s a step in the right direction. Albeit a small step. They are gonna fight every step of the way and lose every step of the way. Change to the benefit of the player is not their strong suit but I’ll take it.


  4. It’s a step in the right direction, but that’s about it.


  5. Uglydawg

    I don’t see how the NCAA has garnered the power, or THINKS it has the power to tell a kid he can’t play sports at a school he is attending. Somebody’s gonna call shenanigans on that sooner or later and it will end up in court and the NCAA will lose.


    • Reipar

      Unfortunately they can do that because the kid signed a contract. Something that could definitely be argued in federal court on an individual basis…..and would take 18-24 months.


  6. Doyle Hargraves

    I’m confused. Is it it mandatory to bet on the game? JC


  7. Skeptic Dawgs' Better Half Relative

    Game changing in the fact that Kirby and Saban already have support staff checking that transfer board every hour at a minimum.


  8. Macallanlover

    Hope the SEC keeps the non-transferfer clause to other conference schools, at least for those on the immediate schedule.


  9. Junkyardawg41

    An interesting comment I heard on the radio this morning. If a kid notifies the coaching staff, the coach may yank the scholarship immediately. Not sure how the scholarship process works but giving coaches this ability is another tool in their kit bag to limit kids who can’t financially pay for school and then won’t be able to make grades and might impact their ability to gain admission at the next school.