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NCAA set to meet regarding immediate transfer eligibility

The NCAA is set to discuss a rule change that would effectively start free agency in college sports.

According to Jon Rothstein, the NCAA will meet soon to decide on a potential rule change regarding immediate athlete transfer eligibility, where players with either a 2.7 or 2.8 GPA would be allowed a one-time transfer without sitting out a year.

The rule would also impact graduate transfers, as a school taking on a graduate athlete must provide the scholarship for the entirety of the graduate program.

Rothstein reports that if the rule is passed, it would go into effect on August 1, 2018, just in time for next year’s college basketball and football seasons.

John Calipari has signed just one graduate transfer (Julius Mays) in his time at Kentucky, but this would likely force him to hit the transfer market hard. Mark Stoops would be looking for immediate-impact guys, similar to JUCO transfers we see year after year in college football. This rule change would cause the college sports world to flip upside down, for better or for worse. Major transfers would be happening left and right.

What do you guys think? Good or bad idea?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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19 Comments for NCAA set to meet regarding immediate transfer eligibility



  1. Blue Jesus
    8:05 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    Seems like it would be terrible for the game, but it’s hard to justify not allowing it. Coaches have no such limits year-to-year.



  2. Catfan4life-original
    8:05 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    It won’t be fun for the fans but in my opinion it is the right thing for the kids.



  3. crazycatfan65
    8:13 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    The LaVar Ball way of thinking and teaching if this passes. Be like LaVar and teach young kids that if things get tough, don’t man up and stick it out, just grab ya balls and leave.



    • Han
      8:24 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      It’s what coaches do. And in the job world, if your job treats ya like crap or passes you up for promotions, the best thing for your career is to move somewhere else. Gone are the days of a company treating you right if you give them 30 years. And in professional sports, you get traded or dumped all the time if it suits the team’s current plans. Look at what happened to Noel in Philly, Bledsoe in Phoenix, or what’s happening to Randle in LA.

      It’s gonna suck for rosters and predicting who will come back, and a lot of kids will run from adversity instead of persevering. But for plenty of guys, it’ll let them get past a mistake without having to sit out a year. And as others have noted, since coaches don’t have to sit out a year when they change jobs, it’s only fair to let the players leave, especially if they keep in the GPA requirement. At least that actually pretends to be about the academic side of college sports.



    • UK Fan In Nashville
      10:02 am January 15, 2018 Permalink

      Bledsoe is doing just fine in Milwaukee and actually has a chance at making the playoffs. Noel is a garbage player, so who cares? I think Randall would actually be better in another system. But I agree with the premise of your argument.



  4. KYcats11
    8:22 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    Bad idea, big time players from inferior schools (football)like Vandy, Kentucky, wake forest, louisville, syracuse, etc. will transfer to Alabama etc. To get recognition and the NCAA will be very top heavy. The solution… if a HEAD coach wants to leave for another school (according to his own will) he would have to sit out a year. An assistant, or fired coach, could still go to another school immediately.



    • Han
      8:25 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      What about players whose coach won’t give them playing time? Similar to being fired, really.



    • krautdog
      9:26 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      AKA-Gunner Hoak!!!



    • Mathlete
      8:52 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      What about players who were signed up to play for a coach who isn’t there anymore because he took a better job?



    • KYcats11
      8:58 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with you both, there are definitely some flaws to the system. But my only concern is that non powerhouse schools will never gain relevancy because if they have a good player, they will transfer to an Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, etc.



    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      3:28 am January 15, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think that fear is unfounded. I came across a study on NCAA D-1 men’s basketball players which said during the timeframe of the research the majority of transfers dropped in competition levels. That includes 48% of players who dropped below the D-1 level entirely. There’s really little surprise that most kids would be dropping in level of competition as many transfers are kids riding the bench at their original schools but the 48% leaving D-1 is concerning. One has to think a reasonably well sized chunk of that subset that left did so out of a wish to avoid the one year wait. Without that complication just how many might shoot up to elite schools? Then again, I guess the kid losing his spot at the elite school might swap spots with the guy taking his role. Should the rule change, I think the one thing we can be sure of, at least in the short term, is a very chaotic period in college athletics. Well, we can also probably be sure of one other thing. No matter what conclusion the NCAA comes to and no matter its claims to the contrary, it will not be reached with what’s best for student athletes in mind.



    • UK Fan In Nashville
      10:05 am January 15, 2018 Permalink

      What about the Kyle Wiltjers and Marcus Lees of the world? They went from top-level programs to lower tiered programs. We would see Alabama players that get recruited over come to places like Kentucky just as much as the other way around, I’d imagine.



  5. ukjaybrat
    8:22 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    This is bad for the sport. The rich will get richer and mid majors will suffer because of it. this will destroy parity in college sports. all the good players from low and mid-tier schools will leave for blue bloods because they will no longer have the threat of being forced to sit a year.

    And don’t tell me “coaches can do it so kids should be able to.” That’s a naive way of thinking. Coaches are working at a job. In America, we can changes jobs whenever we want. Kids are playing sports for fun, they aren’t earning a living (yet). so making them sit out a year for transfer isn’t a “punishment.”



    • Han
      8:29 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

      Mid-tiers already lose guys to grad transfer, though. And as for coaches working a job and kids playing for fun, if it’s just for fun, why are coaches making millions and fans spending millions to watch? And making them sit out a year is a punishment. It’s meant to help coaches but it doesn’t help the player. If they’re just playing for fun, why should they have to sit out a year when they go to a new school? It’s always about the money and the profits for the teams (in this case, the team they’re leaving).

      I think it’ll hurt the game, but since the sports (football and basketball) are all about making the schools and NCAA (and a billion other people) money, let’s not pretend this is the thing that’s destroying the sanctity of the game or anything like that.



  6. wesmorgan1
    9:23 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    I’d go with a compromise that addresses the coaches’ ability to skip town in a heartbeat. Something like this:

    “Upon the departure of a head coach:

    a) Current players may transfer with immediate eligibility. This includes any players under a letter of intent who have enrolled in classes, whether or not they have participated in team activities.

    b) Any players under a letter of intent who have not yet enrolled in classes may, at their discretion, rescind their letter of intent without penalty.

    c) All players must make their decision known within 30 days of the hiring of a new head coach.”

    Other than that, they signed with that coach/program and shouldn’t get a free shot elsewhere; they should continue to wait a year before regaining eligibility.

    Leave graduate transfers as they are today.



  7. BlueDew
    10:00 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    Agree with several other post. If coach leaves they can leave. Otherwise sit a year. I’d hate to lose our RB next year. Gone forever will be the chance to build a competitive program by an average program and young aggressive coaching staff.



  8. satcheluk
    10:31 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    Adapt and overcome or drift into irrelevance. Oh, and quit whining.



  9. G_Money
    11:07 pm January 14, 2018 Permalink

    Unbelievably bad idea🤔



  10. My Dixie Wrecked
    9:15 am January 15, 2018 Permalink

    On the plus side, we won’t have to see the many comments on here asking if a player can play right away, when a transfer is announced.