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NCAA proposal may allow all transfers to play immediately

The number of transfers in college sports is on the rise, and if this new proposal from the NCAA becomes a reality, it could really get out of hand.

247 Sports’ Andrew Slater is reporting that the NCAA is considering a rule that would allow all Division-I transfers to be eligible to play immediately. In all sports. All players would have to do to play immediately at the school of their choice is meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement. If they were to transfer twice, they’d have to sit out a full year. The proposal, which is reportedly gaining traction, must be completed by November 1, and will be likely be voted on next April. It could go into effect as early as the 2018-19 season. Whoa.

So, basically, if this proposal goes through — and considering it was leaked, there’s a good chance it might — college athletes would essentially become free agents. That has its pros and its cons. For college basketball’s giants like Kentucky and Duke, it may mean the rich get richer, but smaller programs could find it even more difficult to hold on to top talent. The one-year sit out period may seem unfair, but it is a weighty reminder of how serious the decision to transfer is. Honestly, the more I think about it, the more chaotic it seems, but if coaches can leave schools whenever they like, why shouldn’t players be able to?


[247 Sports]

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20 Comments for NCAA proposal may allow all transfers to play immediately

  1. ClutchCargo
    6:53 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    This is a terrible idea. Knowing the NCAA, they probably leaked it intentionally just to see how it would go over.

    • BBNDan7
      7:24 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      How is letting kids who meet an academic requirement transfer and play immediately bad? Coaches change jobs and don’t have to sit out a year. A normal student transfers schools and doesn’t have to sit out of school a year. They aren’t even paid. They should have the freedom to do what is best for them and their future.

    • krautdog
      7:50 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink


    • Han
      9:00 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      To be fair, coaches are explicitly employees, though the team makeup depends heavily on them. As for other students, it’s really only a solid comparison if you talk about people transferring out while part of a research project or something. Athletes join a team, and the coach recruits and builds the team, chooses schemes, based on who they have. If players can leave the moment they get homesick or offended and have nothing to delay them, suddenly whole teams could fall apart. Not to mention playbooks become useless.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:02 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      It would be disastrous for the UKs of the world, who would struggle to get great talent and then have to hope they don’t jump ship midway through their college career. I’m all for college athletes being allowed to go pro at any point, but this affects college programs more negatively than that. And do you really believe that scumbag coaches like Petrino wouldn’t cut existing players to make room for a better potential transfer who is most likely being secretly recruited illegally? It’s just a can of worms with lots of unintended consequences for all involved.

    • BBNDan7
      10:13 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      To start; sorry my comment seemed so hostile. Was not my intention but seems that way after I re read it. You are right in a lot of ways. But it could also help uk. A lot of times those high ranked recruits don’t work out at schools and transfer and a team like uk where we are still sec but maybe not quite the talent and competition could drive them here. And Petrino is gonna be dirty no matter what rules there are lol. Either way there’s gonna be good and bads, but in the end my vote would be to let them do what is best for them. They are after all giving us a lot of enjoyment and entertainment a lot while we provide them basically nothing.

  2. Angelo
    7:00 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    This is a great idea. The kids should be free to transfer and play immediately. Colleges totally abuse these kids. Especially football.

  3. steve simpson
    7:05 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    It should be the kids right to play and attend whatever school they feel is best for them.

  4. chardun20
    8:00 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a good idea until UK has a mass exit of players wanting more playing time. I’m ok with the way it is, if it changes, everyone will get used to it.

    • trumpetguy
      12:17 pm September 6, 2017 Permalink

      Guys who go to a UK/Duke/N. Car./Kansas, etc. as McDonalds All Americans in hoops, but don’t see much action as freshmen, are GONE! Why stay when you can play immediately elsewhere?

  5. crazycatfan65
    8:25 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Everyone loves this idea but as chardun said, lets see how you UK fans feel when the transfer bug hits us.The sit out 1 year is to help curb transfers, to teach them to be adults and stick it out instead of quitting when the going gets tough.

    • Han
      9:02 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Without the limits, the only thing keeping the kids from seeking better pastures the moment they get hurt feelings is when they have parents who tell them to stop whining and go back. The ones who are only seeing dollar signs or who think the coach should listen to the parent’s coaching advice, those parents will drive their kid to the other school mid semester.

  6. jpgfile
    8:37 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Did the Powers That Be ever change things to waive the sit-out year if their current coach departs for any reason? (I can’t recall.) I am more comfortable with that partial step than a free-for-all. Yes, they sign a letter of intent to play at that school, but sorry: it’s the coach the kid signs with. Maybe it’s playing style, maybe it’s track record of getting you to the pros, maybe it’s just good chemistry. Ask anyone who ever lost a good boss & found themselves with a new boss they really could not click with. But if I signed with Nick Saban and he retired 2 years later, darn right I’m pondering options while Bama conducts a coaching search.

    • Han
      9:04 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      I believe they only waive if the coach is fired for behavior/scandal/player abuse or if the school goes on probation/is banned from postseason. Otherwise, family illness and maybe a couple other little things are the only arguments made for waivers.

      Also if a player is dismissed and can show they were dismissed wrongly/based on false information. Then they can get a waiver, I think.

  7. Han
    8:58 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    This would destroy a lot of mid majors and also a lot of the Power 5 coaches who recruit better than they coach. Suddenly guys moaning about playing time can transfer immediately to play with their friends or for the coach who promises playing time. We’ve had guys who would’ve left after 1 semester because Cal didn’t play them enough or embarrassed them. On the flip side, the guys who thought they were one-and-done, found out they weren’t, and now regret going to their school (UK or guys who picked someone else). Before, they stuck with it because they still hope to go pro after another year. Now, suddenly their second choice looks a lot better.

    Also, for teams with heavy turnover from one-and-dones, specifically Duke and UK, how many tourney stars would suddenly be available with instant experience and scoring? And might a certain Duke center have transferred out if it meant not sitting?

    And will the NCAA also nix the rules that let coaches/schools block players from transferring within the conference or to teams on their schedule? If you transfer after 1 semester, can you immediately play the second? So much potential chaos.

  8. goose2
    9:03 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

    Lets just make it easier. Isnt that the standard today? The youth of today shouldnt bare any responsibility for their actions. GOOD GRIEF…………………

    • Han
      9:07 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      The youth of yesterday raised the youth of today. Don’t blame the trophy generation when it’s their parents who insisted they get participation trophies. And don’t blame those parents when it was their hippie parents who never taught them responsibility. And don’t blame the hippies when it was the greatest generation who were too strict and forced them to rebel.

      It’s easy to blame the kids, but usually the system’s screwed up because of the adults who came before, not the kids reacting to the system.

    • BBNDan7
      10:01 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink


    • krautdog
      11:13 am September 6, 2017 Permalink


    • ClutchCargo
      11:03 pm September 5, 2017 Permalink

      Han is on fire today! Totally agree.