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NCAA President talks transfer eligibility, COVID-19 protocols, NIL legislation

Photo: © Robert Deutsch | USATSI

Photo: © Robert Deutsch | USATSI

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to discuss “ways to protect the integrity of college athletics,” and it went about as well as you’d expect.

Some of the day’s most-vocal characters included NCAA president Mark Emmert, Republican Senator and committee chair Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Democratic Senator/former Stanford football player Cory Booker (New Jersey). Also, here’s your friendly reminder that Mark Emmert is the person Paul Finebaum referred to as an example of “complete, abject failure at leadership” just days ago.

For Kentucky fans, one of the biggest news items of the day came during Emmert’s statements regarding transfer eligibility. In the hearing, Emmert said he supports an athlete’s ability to transfer one time and play immediately, meaning athletes who transfer programs would no longer have to ride the bench for the following season and therefore forfeit a year of eligibility.

In theory, that would mean good news for Olivier Sarr, right? What about Joey Gatewood? How about Jazmine Massengill and Robyn Benton for the UK Hoops team. Don’t forget about Jacob Toppin, the Rhode Island transfer for the men’s basketball team. These are just a few of the athletes who would be positively affected by the NCAA’s decision to grant all student athletes immediate eligibility for one-time transfers. But despite Emmert’s comments today, there’s still a lot to be done before anything can become “official.”

The NCAA ruled against the proposed one-time transfer exception for the 2020-21 season back in May. Instead, the Division I Council approved a resolution that that would create “uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports” by January 2021. These “new” policies would clarify academic requirements, roster management considerations, transfer notification dates, accountability measures for schools that accept transfer students, and additional education on the transfer rules and process. That sounds fine in theory, but it’s still a bummer for the student athletes who are transferring this season, right?

Eligibility wasn’t the only issue Emmert and the committee discussed Wednesday afternoon. He actually hit on a wide range of topics, including COVID-19 protocols, the probability of a fall college football season and the best way – in his opinion – to move forward with name, image and likeness legislation.

Here’s a roundup of information presented by some of the reporters who covered the hearing, broken down into sections.

Fall Sports/COVID-19:

Transfer Eligibility:

NIL Legislation:


Article written by Maggie Davis

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4 Comments for NCAA President talks transfer eligibility, COVID-19 protocols, NIL legislation

  1. Tywhoppity
    10:17 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    I swear I keep thinking Newt Gingrich when I see his photo…… :’ )

  2. 2andToodleLoo
    10:33 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Did he say anything about Olivier Sarr?!?!

  3. IrishCat
    7:27 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Total sleeze. He’ll probably end up a Senator…

  4. michaelb
    10:49 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I mean , take ur time guys … it’s not really affecting anyone or anything