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NCAA passes reform which allows athletes to transfer without permission

13 June 2018

The change formally goes into effect on October 15.

Per Hosick, starting with the upcoming 2018-19 academic year, the council also ruled athletes can play in up to four games each season without losing a season of competition.

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.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change. 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. Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Clark said. When defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson chose 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.

"Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule".

A general view of Lane Stadium
A general view of Lane Stadium

The NCAA is changing a rule that allows schools to block student-athletes from transferring to different programs.

Over the past few months, CBS reported multiple other transfer proposals, including one that would force all student-athletes to sit out a year after transferring, and another that would lessen the mandated time out for students who meet a certain GPA threshold.

There was discussion about easing that restriction, which doesn't exist in most NCAA sports. 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.

The NCAA said legislation that governs when a Power Five school can reduce or cancel financial aid for an athlete may be looked at next week. 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 transfer working group initially was looking at uniform rules across all sports. Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

NCAA passes reform which allows athletes to transfer without permission