The number of transfers in college sports is on the rise, and if this new proposal from the NCAA becomes a reality, it could really get out of hand.
247 Sports’ Andrew Slater is reporting that the NCAA is considering a rule that would allow all Division-I transfers to be eligible to play immediately. In all sports. All players would have to do to play immediately at the school of their choice is meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement. If they were to transfer twice, they’d have to sit out a full year. The proposal, which is reportedly gaining traction, must be completed by November 1, and will be likely be voted on next April. It could go into effect as early as the 2018-19 season. Whoa.
So, basically, if this proposal goes through — and considering it was leaked, there’s a good chance it might — college athletes would essentially become free agents. That has its pros and its cons. For college basketball’s giants like Kentucky and Duke, it may mean the rich get richer, but smaller programs could find it even more difficult to hold on to top talent. The one-year sit out period may seem unfair, but it is a weighty reminder of how serious the decision to transfer is. Honestly, the more I think about it, the more chaotic it seems, but if coaches can leave schools whenever they like, why shouldn’t players be able to?