NCAA announces 1-time immediate eligibility transfer exception under consideration
The NCAA has just taken the next step to allow undergraduate student-athletes the ability to transfer one time without having to sit out a season. Under the current rules, only graduate transfer players are allowed to compete immediately following a transfer or undergraduate players that receive a hardship waiver to compete immediately.
The ACC recently publicly issued its support for the rule while the Big Ten has also issued its support for the rule, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
The NCAA announced on Tuesday that a Transfer Waiver Working Group has been formed to consider the rule change.
“The current system is unsustainable. Working group members believe it’s time to bring our transfer rules more in line with today’s college landscape,” said working group chair Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference according to NCAA.org. “This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students.”
Should this rule pass, there still will be some restrictions on transfers seeking to gain their eligibility immediately at a new school. Athletes will have to have gained a release from their previous school, have to be in good academic standing, maintain academic progress at their new school and have no pending disciplinary actions or suspensions before gaining eligibility at a new school.
College athletes in non-revenue sports are currently allowed to transfer without restrictions.