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NCAA Likely Set To Implement One-Time Transfer Exception

The new rule would allow athletes a one-time exception to be immediately eligible after transferring.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

According to recent reports it looks like the NCAA will be loosening restrictions on transfers in the near future.

As reported by Sports Illustrated, Division I Council members are set to propose new legislation that would change transfer rules. The proposed legislation would allow athletes to transfer one time during their career without having to wait out a season. Currently an athlete can only be immediately eligible if they’re a graduate student or receive a waiver. The new rule would allow any player to transfer one time at any point and not be forced to sit out a season.

For fall and winter sport athletes they would have to notify their schools of a transfer by the first of May unless there is an exception (such as a change of head coach), which would then extend the date to the beginning of July. Students also need to be in good academic standing with their prior school to be immediately eligible.

The move will likely be voted on in January with an effective date of August 2021. The news will be particularly interesting paired with the latest development pertaining to Covid-19 and eligibility:

With winter sport athletes now gaining an extra year of eligibility, that means players that are technically seniors right now could have two seasons of eligibility remaining if they choose to continue playing. So not only do we now essentially have a situation where basically every athlete in 2020-21 could continue to play next season (senior or not), we also have a situation where any player that hasn’t transferred can transfer out and be immediately eligible for the following year.

The end result?

Expect a massive amount of transfers in the near future. And with players now set to receive an extra year of eligibility, it’ll be interesting to see how that will pan out for the next few recruiting classes as there may now be some crowded rosters across the country. Ultimately some players will be forced out while some high school recruits may find it harder to find a roster spot or immediate playing time.