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NCAA expected to grant penalty-free, one-time transfer rule in 2021

The penalty-free, one-time immediate transfer rule is expected to pass in January and go into effect starting Aug. 1, 2021.

In official documents obtained by Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the NCAA Working Group on Transfers has submitted a proposal to the Division I Council that will allow student-athletes a one-time transfer without sitting out a season, with fall and winter sport athletes needing to notify their schools of a transfer by May 1. This deadline will be extended to July 1 if a school sees an end-of-year coaching change or an athlete’s scholarship was not renewed for the following season. Spring sport athletes will also have a July 1 deadline.

Should an athlete miss his or her scheduled deadline, they will not be immediately eligible at their new school.

Also included in the proposal is the fact that institutions will not be able to restrict transfers to specific conferences or schools. This follows the previous 2018 ruling that coaches could no longer block transfers to rival programs or intraconference schools, which went hand-in-hand with the creation of the transfer portal.

The NCAA will also not impose limits on incoming transfers a Division I program may accept in a single year, meaning schools will be able to round out their rosters with numerous high-profile prospects on the transfer market in addition to the high school signees they’ve already added.

Beyond the one-time transfer rule, Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Division I Council will also review a proposal regarding name, image and likeness rules for student-athletes.

Should the penalty-free transfer rule go into effect, as expected, Kentucky will no longer be limited to graduate transfers and/or immediate eligibility waivers to complement its high school recruiting classes moving forward. Instead, the UK coaching staff will be able to recruit the best players in both college basketball and in the high school ranks to build a roster of veteran standouts and five-star prospects.

Needless to say, this is significant news for the Kentucky basketball program.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

10 Comments for NCAA expected to grant penalty-free, one-time transfer rule in 2021



  1. mashman 93
    11:02 am October 13, 2020 Permalink

    So Sarr will be eligible. Right?



  2. Wildfelinebeeline
    11:08 am October 13, 2020 Permalink

    It would go into effect next year, August 2021. So, we still need the SEC to #FreeOlivier for this year.



    • Wildfelinebeeline
      1:13 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

      I stand corrected. KSR has just posted an article explaining how it would/could effect Sarr.



  3. BowdenQB4ever
    11:13 am October 13, 2020 Permalink

    I hope we aren’t resorting to the transfer market again. That would mean we still aren’t able to pull the big time recruits we need to win in this system.



  4. neat1ky
    12:13 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

    In the future big name recruits are likely to go to the G league anyway affecting the blue bloods not just us as several will this year



  5. SpontaneousHumanCombustion
    12:33 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

    I think this will be absolute chaos…..



  6. 2Dogs
    1:03 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

    So is a coach allowed to “recruit” a player from another team or does the player initiate the contact after they decide to transfer?



    • michaelb
      4:23 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

      They’re making an app for that ‘players only .com’



  7. BobbyBlue
    1:53 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

    You beat me to it 2 Dogs



  8. michaelb
    4:23 pm October 13, 2020 Permalink

    I kinda like what the rule promotes , super teams… why not , let’s goo