Another step on the way to transfer reform in college athletics could be on the way.
According to this official release from the NCAA, the organization’s Division I transfer group is ready to propose legislation that would change the way transfers begin with student athletes and coaches.
“The most significant change that could be considered this year would eliminate the ability of coaches and schools to restrict aid to student-athletes after transferring.”
“Currently, Division I college athletes who wish to transfer to another school must first receive permission from their current school to discuss transfer opportunities with other schools,” the NCAA says in the statement. “If the school denies permission, the student-athlete can’t receive athletics aid for the first year after transferring.”
Feedback from players and coaches also contributed to the legislation, which will likely require “a notification of transfer model” instead of “the notification of intent to transfer. The change eliminated ambiguity about a student-athlete’s intent.”
Under this model, students would be able to transfer to schools without fear that their scholarships and other financial aid would be rescinded for the next school year. Also, the aid that would have gone to the transferring student athlete could then be utilized by the program for a recruit in the next cycle.
“A companion piece of legislation, which would add notification of transfer to the list of reasons a school can decline to renew a scholarship, is under consideration and would need to be proposed and considered by the schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences,” the NCAA release states.
The deadline for proposals to be considered in this academic year is Nov. 1.
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