NCAA passes reform that allows athletes to transfer without permission

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2018

Currently, Division I student-athletes have five years to play four seasons.

College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The council adopted a process this week that will allow athletes to transfer to another school without seeking permission from their current school.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday a change to its redshirt rules, which will now allow a player to participate in up to four games without without losing his redshirt. It takes effect October 15.

"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, per the NCAA.

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 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.

While it's unclear where most of the Class of 2018 stands in regard to early playing time, it stands to reason that down the stretch of this fall - as has been the case in the past - there will be players who can benefit from the four-game redshirt rule.

Under the new rule, athletes would be permitted to be contacted when they notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited. Conferences, however, can still put rules in play that forbid student-athletes from transferring within the conference without sitting out a year or some other stipulation.

While conferences can still vote to create more restrictive legislation - such as preventing in-conference moves - this ruling should decrease the number of instances in which schools block players from transferring. Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE