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.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 14, 2018
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?