Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NCAA new transfer policy: Athletes no longer need permission

NCAA new transfer policy: Athletes no longer need permission

"The change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said Miami (Florida) athletic director Blake James, who doubles as the chair of the Division I council.

The rule changes were decided by the Division I Council in Indianapolis this week.

The NCAA announced two major rules changes to the college athletics landscape Wednesday.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Nicholas Clark said. In turn, the player's name will be added to a national "transfer database" which allows coaches from other programs to contact that player without restrictions. Under the new rule, student-athletes can transfer to a different school without asking their current school for permission.

This proposal has been working its way through the process for almost a year and goes into effect on October 15.

"Once the student-athlete's name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual".

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The previous rule required permission for the athletes to be able to contact another school to receive a scholarship after transferring.

While it's unclear where most of the Class of 2018 stands in regard to early playing time, it stands to reason that down the stretch of this fall - as has been the case in the past - there will be players who can benefit from the four-game redshirt rule.

Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league. A proposal was originally presented to the D-I Council in April, but tabled to allow conferences to provide feedback from spring meetings. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition". "Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition".

In an attempt to prevent schools from tampering with student-athletes already enrolled at another institution, the NCAA has made tampering a Level 2 violation. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.

Schools have drawn criticism for preventing a student-athlete from transferring to a program that better suits them, either academically or in their chosen sport.

More changes could be on the wayAnother financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences.

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