The money-grabbing masterminds behind the NCAA are meeting in Indianapolis today to approve new guidelines around transfers in college football and basketball. The plan is to make it more difficult for players to earn immediate eligibility, which sounds about right given the NCAA’s history of making the wrong decision, and it is expected to pass.
The change will not be a new set of rules, rather a crackdown on the committee’s granting of hardship waivers for transfers. With several high profile players moving around college football the last couple of years, the NCAA has decided it is too much and must come to a stop.
In USA Today’s story on the meeting, Tom Mars, an attorney who has advocated for student-athletes seeking a transfer and even represented some of those athletes, said, “Across the board, the proposed new guidelines raise the bar for schools seeking a waiver on behalf of a student-athlete. Given the dramatic increase in the number of waivers being sought for the 2019-20 season, raising the bar strikes me as a sensible short-term reaction by the Legislative Council.”
We will have to wait to see what new guidelines come out of the meeting, but it sounds like lots of documentation will be required in transfer cases. For example, a student-athlete who was run off at one school will likely need a written statement from their former athletic director saying there was no opportunity for them to stick around. For student-athletes returning closer to home to be with family, the NCAA will need statements from both schools, plus “a treatment plan detailing the student-athlete’s caregiving responsibilities,” says USA Today.
This could have an effect on Kentucky as incoming transfer Xavier Peters, a star linebacker who left Florida State for Lexington, seeks immediate eligibility this upcoming season. Peters picked Kentucky as his transfer destination to be within a one-hour drive of his young son in Cincinnati. Today’s meeting isn’t going to help his chances.