NCAA athletes having the ability to transfer without penalty has been something that’s been discussed and argued forever but on Wednesday, a major development has been agreed upon.
The Division I Council came to terms on a resolution that will address an athlete’s ability to transfer from one school to another. The council agreed that conversations with conference schools, the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committe and Division I Committee on Academics will continue to come up with exact wording and will go into effect by January of 2021.
“The transfer environment has long been an issue of much discussion in Division 1. The Division 1 Council is committed to a uniform and equitable approach to transfer rules that considers student-athlete well-being and the opportunities available after transfer,” said Penn athletic director M. Grace Calhoun, the council’s chair. “We will not simply change the rule, but we will consider a comprehensive package designed to address the multiple complexities involved.”
Over the next few months, this committee will address issues such as academic requirements for transfers, roster management, transfer notification dates and accountability measures for schools that take in these transfers.
Currently, a student athlete in football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey must sit out an entire season in residence before gaining eligibility. One scenario being discussed is to allow an athlete one transfer free from being forced to sit out during their career. If that athlete chooses to transfer again for any reason, he or she would then have to sit out a calendar year.
In order for any transfer legislation to take effect for the 2020-21 legislative cycle, proposals must be introduced prior to November 1.