The NCAA is doing something right. In one of the biggest rule changes of the modern era of college athletics, the NCAA will allow student-athletes to transfer to the school of their choice without asking their current school for permission.
The transfer process will be simplified October 15. When a student-athlete wishes to transfer, the school has two business days to enter the individual’s name into a national transfer database. Once the information is processed, other coaches are free to contact the individual.
The intention of the old rule was to prevent one school from recruiting its competitor’s players. On the surface it makes sense — Why should one program prosper from the resources another program invested into that player? — but often times it forced the athlete to suffer. There are many examples, but Sidney Moss is the first player that comes to mind. After one season at Florida, the former Kentucky Miss Basketball wanted to attend school closer to home. After Florida blocked her from attending UK, Moss settled for the closest option, Division III Thomas More.
To keep the heart of the previous rule, the NCAA has a new way to deter schools from recruiting another team’s players. Tampering is now considered “a significant breach of conduct” and has been upgraded to a Level 2 violation.
Most will celebrate the change as a victory of student-athletes, while critics will say this move will only exacerbate rising transfer rates across college athletics.
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