New NCAA rule prevents schools from blocking transfers

Rex Christensen
Июня 13, 2018

Previously, college coaches were able to block the transferring athlete from certain schools, and the athlete was required to obtain permission for schools to contact him.

The NCAA Division I Council approved the proposed (2017-17) four-game redshirt rule, which was tabled in April, on Wednesday.

The new rule goes into effect October 15. But it wasn't until Tuesday's announcement that the transfer dynamic truly changed.

The NCAA's Transfer Working Group proposed the change in fall 2017 in an attempt to separate a student-athlete's interest in transferring to a new school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new school. That rule was meant to stop DI coaches from recruiting athletes from other DI schools. The new process allows the athlete to notify his current school of his desire to transfer and will then require the school to enter the student's name into a database within two business days of the request. A school interested in recruiting a transferring player also must ask the current school for permission to recruit. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer. Then, other coaches are free to contact the player. When defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson made a decision to transfer from Auburn after the 2016 season, Jackson said that Auburn would block him from transferring to another SEC school, Ohio State, Clemson or Georgia.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Nicholas Clark said.

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As we've seen in recent weeks with the SEC voting to allow inter-conference graduate transfers, the Power Five conferences can implement their own nuances to a national rule.

"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.

According to the NCAA, the rule change is based in player-safety reasons.

Much of the talk about transfers focuses on the so-called year-in-residence, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools. Golfers, tennis players and other athletes in traditionally nonrevenue sports can transfer one time without sitting out.

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