The Atlantic Coast Conference has publicly expressed its support for a one-time, penalty-free transfer for collegiate student-athletes, the league announced on Monday.
“During the league’s annual winter meetings (February 12-14), the ACC discussed the transfer environment and unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport. As a conference, we look forward to continuing the discussion nationally.”
The proposal was first brought to the table by the Big Ten Conference. If the schools of those conferences were to vote as a bloc, they would need only the support of another 10 Power Five schools to pass legislation through the NCAA’s autonomy voting process, enacted in 2015.
Currently, student-athletes that participate in baseball, basketball, football or men’s ice hockey have to sit out one season before they can participate with their new team, unless they have already graduated from their previous institution or receive an NCAA hardship waiver.
Since the establishment of the NCAA transfer portal in 2018, players no longer need to receive permission for release from their previous institution, but are still governed by the rules that require them to sit out a season.
This change would eliminate the graduation requirement in order to allow a one-time transfer while retaining eligibility.
Though the current system does not expressly cost players a season of eligibility, it can, because players that take a traditional redshirt cannot sit out for a second year in their five-year competition windows without losing a season.