Report: NCAA one-time transfer waiver unlikely to be delayed, set to be implemented for 2020 season
For the second time in recent weeks, a report is out claiming that the NCAA’s upcoming vote on the one-time transfer waiver is expected to pass and that it will take effect immediately for the 2020 season.
Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball was the first to report this news and with the NCAA committee meeting on Friday to discuss the subject, Ralph Russo of the Associated Press is now reporting that the waiver will go into effect immediately if passed.
It’s worth noting that the actual vote by the NCAA isn’t expected to come until May, while the NCAA committee set up to discuss the topic is meeting on Friday.
The way current NCAA rules are set up, all undergraduate transfer are forced to sit out a season unless they are given a hardship waiver. After being bombarded with waiver requests in recent seasons, the NCAA is hoping to elevate those issues with this one-time waiver exception.
This waiver would allow athletes the opportunity to transfer once during their career without having to sit out a season. While not official, it’s expected that athletes that seek a second transfer as undergraduates would be forced to sit out a season.
Notable players around the SEC that would become immediately eligible should this measure pass include Florida receiver Justin Shorter and running back Lorenzo Lingard, Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood, Ole Miss safety Otis Reese, Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays.