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More buzz the NCAA will grant transfers immediate eligibility

If this new report is correct, student athletes will soon become free agents.

An NCAA official tells ESPN’s Matt Schick they are “95% certain” the organization will begin granting transfers immediate eligibility in basketball and football, meaning that athletes will be able to move from one school to another without having to sit out a season:

There are a lot of ways to look at this. On one hand, it’s the fairest option for the players; however, with transfers already at an all-time high in both sports, it will lead to massive roster turnover year after year, which will inevitably hurt smaller programs more than larger ones and likely lead to even more corruption in the sport.

How does the NCAA plan to regulate the chaos? Over the weekend, Jon Rothstein reported that the proposal includes a “one-time freebie” caveat that would only allow players with a 2.7 or 2.8 GPA or higher to transfer without sitting out a year. That’s a good start, but a free market in college sports would still be madness.

The proposal is only up for discussion at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis this afternoon, so it won’t be voted on; regardless, the debate rages on. Thoughts?


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19 Comments for More buzz the NCAA will grant transfers immediate eligibility

  1. ClutchCargo
    1:11 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Not a fan. I know there is corruption in college sports, but this just opens the door for even more of it. If there is funny business in the recruitment of high potential high school athletes, how bad will it get when college players are getting recruited under the table?

  2. rickwhitetx
    1:28 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Speaking just of basketball, although football is similar, every year the NBA drafts 60 players, only 30 of those get guaranteed contracts. There are over 3,600 basketball players in Division I. Yeah, yeah, I know, that includes a lot of small schools. But, if you just include the 5 “major” conferences, that’s still almost 800 players. Realistically, less than 30 will get drafted and less than that in the first round. The vast majority of scholarship basketball players, as well as football players, would be much, much better off concentrating on getting their degree from a single school that jumping from school to school to school to try to improve their chance of getting drafted. I would rather see the NBA expand into a baseball-like set up with A, AA, and AAA (G League) teams to develop those players that are not college material. Not everyone is cut out for college. I wasn’t at 18, and probably wouldn’t have been ready for it until nearly 30.

  3. Ben27
    1:33 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    They need to make it 3.0 or higher GPA. They also need to have a list of reasons to transfer to keep students for transferring just because they are unhappy with playing time. This is a time for kids to grow up and it is not growing up by blaming others for your shortcomings. Like all rules, i am sure some will abuse it.

  4. krautdog
    1:46 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Will help discourage situations like Gunner Hoak faces-having a juco come in (w/experience) to jeopardize his role when he has been denied an opportunity to get experience!!!

    • ClutchCargo
      1:56 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, it will have the opposite effect. D-1 transfers, as well as JUCO transfers, will now be able to step right in at another school.

  5. krautdog
    1:49 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    If coaches can do it the players should also be allowed!

  6. RealCatsFan
    1:52 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    This would be absolutely bad news for Louisville in their current predicament.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:56 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      OK, maybe I like this idea afterall! 🙂

  7. secrick
    2:19 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    Clutch , I agree with you not a fan. You know people want to got on the NCAA no matter what they do. We have to have someone in charge. There has to be rules , if not we could all end up like a school down the road that had no rules.

  8. secrick
    2:21 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    OK get on the NCAA.

  9. Realme
    3:16 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not strongly for or against, just interested to see how it works out. Would Cal take advantage of the rule during a light recruiting year? Should he? He’s already come out against the 5th year transfer thing, but also taken advantage of it. Lots of ramifications.

  10. rockatao
    3:40 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    I think this would be a disaster for college sports. For example, Georgia needs a good running back next year to replace Chubb and Michel. Bye, bye, Benny Snell..

    • dismore
      4:44 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

      I think it helps the traditional powerhouses and hurts the mid to lower pack teams. The traditional powers will take all the breakout players from the mid and lower pack teams. But I can see some third and forth string players from the traditional powers transferring to a mid pack team for playing time. Wonder what recruiting restrictions will go along with this.

  11. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:50 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    I like it. Circumstances change, coaches leave, promises are broken etc. No reason to keep a kid in a bad situation for fear of having to sit out. Plus, it now makes transferring an option for those NOT on scholarship. I wanted to transfer once upon a time, but paying $30k for an extra year of tuition while sitting out was not an option.

    • BlueDew
      7:57 pm January 18, 2018 Permalink

      End of discussion then. May never happen. Author of this article makes you think it’s ready to go to get hits.

  12. Lip Man 1
    7:37 pm January 17, 2018 Permalink

    This proposal was deferred for more discussion in 2019. Just FYI.

  13. satcheluk
    9:45 am January 19, 2018 Permalink

    Ok, none of you can move to a new job without sitting out a year. What do you think? Lol