An addendum to the NCAA’s grad transfer rule has been denied.
The NCAA’s Division I Council voted on multiple rule changes this week. One in particular sought to tighten up grad transfer market, only a few years after they relaxed the policy.
Under the proposed rule, profiled by The New York Times during the NCAA Tournament, schools accepting grad transfers would have to use that student-athlete’s scholarship for two seasons, even if the athlete did not return to school after completing one season of eligibility on the football field or basketball court. The Division I Council shot down that proposed rule.
From the NCAA’s official statement:
“The Council also defeated a proposal that would have required schools to count financial aid for some postgraduate transfers against team limits for two years, regardless of whether the student remained enrolled after exhausting athletics eligibility. The proposal would have applied only to student-athletes competing in football and basketball.”
The other significant rule change applies to athletes who enrolled for summer school and received financial aid, only to have their coach leave prior to the start of the fall term. In those instances, the player can transfer and play immediately without a special waiver. Call it the “Braxton Beverly Rule,” because that is exactly what happened to the guard from Hazard. This rule does not apply to those who enroll early in the spring semester.
Each rule change benefits student-athletes and ensures the wild and crazy transfer market isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.