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NCAA cracking down on transfers because of course it is

(Photo: AP/Matt Slocum)

The money-grabbing masterminds behind the NCAA are meeting in Indianapolis today to approve new guidelines around transfers in college football and basketball. The plan is to make it more difficult for players to earn immediate eligibility, which sounds about right given the NCAA’s history of making the wrong decision, and it is expected to pass.

The change will not be a new set of rules, rather a crackdown on the committee’s granting of hardship waivers for transfers. With several high profile players moving around college football the last couple of years, the NCAA has decided it is too much and must come to a stop.

In USA Today’s story on the meeting, Tom Mars, an attorney who has advocated for student-athletes seeking a transfer and even represented some of those athletes, said, “Across the board, the proposed new guidelines raise the bar for schools seeking a waiver on behalf of a student-athlete. Given the dramatic increase in the number of waivers being sought for the 2019-20 season, raising the bar strikes me as a sensible short-term reaction by the Legislative Council.”

We will have to wait to see what new guidelines come out of the meeting, but it sounds like lots of documentation will be required in transfer cases. For example, a student-athlete who was run off at one school will likely need a written statement from their former athletic director saying there was no opportunity for them to stick around. For student-athletes returning closer to home to be with family, the NCAA will need statements from both schools, plus “a treatment plan detailing the student-athlete’s caregiving responsibilities,” says USA Today.

This could have an effect on Kentucky as incoming transfer Xavier Peters, a star linebacker who left Florida State for Lexington, seeks immediate eligibility this upcoming season. Peters picked Kentucky as his transfer destination to be within a one-hour drive of his young son in Cincinnati. Today’s meeting isn’t going to help his chances.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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23 Comments for NCAA cracking down on transfers because of course it is

  1. 4everUKblue
    12:09 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Of course they’re cutting down on anything that might benefit Kentucky while not affecting dUKe, UNCheat and Kansass!

    • 4everUKblue
      1:39 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      I apologize for assuming this was about basketball, I forgot we’re a football school now.

    • CatfaninCinci
      2:35 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink


      No we aren’t. No matter what the ‘football guys’ want to believe.

    • RAGE
      7:26 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      I agree CatfaninCinci.. I really hope that we may someday become a school with a good football program.. But one season of success does not make us a football school… I know hopes are high for the upcoming football season and I think we will get 6 or more wins with our schedule but I have always heard that it is one thing to have success one season.. But to sustain that success is much harder.. We will have to score a lot more points this season than we did last season and I know people are high on Stoops now but it is the same guy who years before had bad clock management and no desire to play aggressive… But I hope I am just scared from all the previous times Kentucky football let me down

    • 4everUKblue
      8:00 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Man you two are really dense.

  2. Realme
    12:18 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    They are so ridiculous. It’s like none of them has ever once tried to put themselves into the “student athlete’s” shoes. Everything is about how to keep things complicated and unfair to these kids.

  3. ScoggDog
    12:18 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Colleges can pull a scholarship at the end of any year – coaches can leave at any time – but the kids are expected to stay for the duration. Got it.

    Great job NCAA. You don’t look even the least bit tyrannical. Not even a little. Here’s hoping the NCAA implodes, and something else takes it place.

    • Ridge Runner
      5:41 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Good perspective, SDog.

  4. ClutchCargo
    12:27 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Any word on when the new rules would take effect? It wouldn’t be fair to implement this immediately for the ones who have transferred but have yet to receive the waiver. Which means it will go into effect immediately.

  5. nocode96
    12:31 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    The audacity of kids to try and be happy! And Peters, for shame! How dare he not expect to be penalized for trying to balance his career and being a father! [email protected] the NCAA and anybody who looks like the NCAA.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    12:37 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    If they don’t see being an active father as a valid reason to transfer then there is something very wrong with this institution.

    12:39 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I live in the USA and if I wanted to transfer to whatever school whenever it should happen. This is a free country and no organization should be allowed to tell someone where and where not someone can go to college. I bet if a student gets blocked by this and they want to push it. They could take this to the highest courts in the land and would win. No way an organization like NCAA Or even a school

  8. notFromhere
    12:40 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    Because it is the first time UK has gotten a a 4 star, true hardship waiver transfer in football…. They still hate us for integrating the SEC. I hope it doesnt hurt his chances of getting the waiver. He really did come here to be closer to his son/family.

    • peaches76
      1:57 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Hate us for integrating the SEC???? A bit dramatic. According to the article there will be a process for transfers, albeit stricter. So in Peters situation we may prevail yet…hopefully.

  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:49 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I call them the Narcissistic Collegiate A$$holes Association for a reason.

  10. runningunnin.454
    1:12 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    They suck.

  11. KayutsBy90
    1:28 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    I think that if this does pass it shouldn’t count for people that are currently trying to transfer. If Justin Fields gets to play this year because he didn’t feel safe on UGA campus after being called a slur then Peters should get to play for moving closer to his son. Just because the system is flawed doesn’t mean you should punish someone who transferred for a legitimate hardship thinking that this would be an option.

  12. kentuckybackupplayer
    1:46 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    as long as they make it applicable to every student, employee and anyone under contract with a member institution i would consider supporting the policy.

  13. J-Dub421
    2:05 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

    There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the NCAA doing the wrong thing.

    • zoupman
      3:13 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      The NCAA sucks, but this transferring is getting out of hand.

    • StillBP
      4:11 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      Getting out of hand how? A student shouldn’t be able to transfer to another school and play a sport for their new school? But the whole coaching staff can go wherever they want. How is an athlete having the same rights as a coach as far as where they want to live their life a bad thing?

    • 4everUKblue
      7:11 pm June 26, 2019 Permalink

      BP is making too much sense again.