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NCAA’s newest editions to transfer guidelines could affect players eligibility

As transfers become more and more common, the NCAA attempts to crack down on waivers

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

With a large flux of transfers during he 2019 NCAA offseason, the NCAA Division I council has decided to crack down on it’s guidelines that could potentially make it hard to transfer without some sort of consequence.

The NCAA Division I council approved Wednesday new guidelines for both college football and basketball players transferring universities. The NCAA says most of the changes are just clarification measures to clear up guidelines already in place.

Most of the newest editions to the transfer guidelines effect the act of submitting a waiver for injury or a circumstance that would return a year of eligibility to the player who is transferring.

The process of submitting a waiver will become more regulated, and require more hoops to jump through in order for a player to receive what the waiver they are applying for.

The previous guidelines stated any player that could provide, “documented mitigating circumstances outside of the student-athlete’s control and directly impacts the health, safety or well-being of the student-athlete,” would be granted a waiver for transfer.

The new language behind Wednesday’s addition adds the words, “extenuating and extraordinary,” making the case-by-case analysis process a bit harder to make it through.

While this change will most likely not affect the ability of a player to transfer, it will effect if or not they are granted a certain amount of eligibility.