Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

NCAA rule change means athletes no longer need permission to transfer

NCAA rule change means athletes no longer need permission to transfer

The college athletics governing body has approved a new rule that allows players to play in up to four games in a season while maintaining their redshirt status.

Schools have drawn criticism for preventing a student-athlete from transferring to a program that better suits them, either academically or in their chosen sport. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer.

There have been many times that this rule would've directly benefited Kentucky during the Stoops era.

Plus, the school will be obligated to enter that athlete's name into a national transfer database within two business days.

As of now, this rule does not apply to sports other than college football, but the Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee is examining "how a similar concept could be applied to other sports, including what number of games would be appropriate", according to the NCAA's release.

The NCAA also announced its continuing effort to improve rules regarding graduate transfers and is "exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules".

"The change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said Miami (Florida) athletic director Blake James, who doubles as the chair of the Division I council. A player who moves from one ACC school to another must sit out one season and will lose a season of eligibility.

The previous rule required permission for the athletes to be able to contact another school to receive a scholarship after transferring.

Herman has said previously it's his belief athletes should get to play five years without any restrictions. "The opportunity to play in a small number of games will ease this decision for coaches and help the student-athlete's development and transition to the college game". If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt. There was never serious consideration to lifting the year-in-residence altogether, but tying unrestricted transfer to an athlete's grade-point average was considered. Currently, a student's notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not a listed reason a school can use to cancel aid. The autonomy conferences will consider, by an electronic vote, two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

Beyond this change, the Transfer Working Group is considering other transfer issues, including the processes surrounding postgraduate transfers. Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

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