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NCAA Eliminates Rule that Allows Schools to Block Transfers


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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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 responses to “NCAA Eliminates Rule that Allows Schools to Block Transfers”

  1. Realme

    What? The NCAA fixed a rule so that it’s fair to the players? Weird.

    1. J-Dub421

      I know, I’m shocked as well.

  2. lribookend

    Wow, I have mixed emotions about this rule change. While it is only fair for athletes to transfer wherever they choose to transfer, it also opens the door to athletes who don’t quite get a scholarship offer from a top school to attend a lower rated school year for a couple or three years, prove their talent, and then transfer. Seems like it helps the top schools while hurting the lower rated schools. For example, a 3 star football player signs with UK, redshirts his freshman year, plays 2 years and becomes a proven talent, and then transfers to Alabama for his final 2 years of eligibility with no restrictions or penalties. Lower rated programs become a training ground/minor league for the top programs. Is that really what we want????

    1. Peas and Carrots

      I don’t think it would work like that. They still have to sit out a year and in your scenario he would only have 1 year of eligibility remaining. At worst it would be similar to the grad transfer rule, at best it would help the kids that need it.

  3. lribookend

    I would support transfering to any school in a different conference. Another thought is that maybe the school the athlete is transferring to must pay the prior school some kind of transfer fee to reimburse them for the time and money spent recruiting, training, and developing the athlete. I have no idea how the details of that might work, it is just a thought.

  4. Lip Man 1

    So sitting out a season after transferring is still the status quo?