Division I Council Recommending NCAA Removes ‘One-Time’ Transfer Rule
SALT LAKE CITY – Another tweak of the transfer rule in the world of college sports could be coming after the latest recommendation by the Division I Council to the NCAA.
According to multiple reports, the Division I Council is recommending the NCAA remove the one-time transfer rule in college sports.
As it stands right now, student-athletes can transfer once during their college career and not have to sit out a full season. That is the latest adjustment of the rule that originally made student-athletes that wanted to transfer would be forced to sit out a full season regardless of how many times they transferred.
Now, the Division I Council wants to see the NCAA remove the one-time rule of having to sit out if it isn’t the student-athletes first time transferring. If this recommendation comes to fruition, student-athletes will be allowed to transfer numerous times without having to sit out a full season.
According to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, the Division I Council wants to create a transfer window. If the student-athlete wants to compete right away at their new school, they will need to have academic eligibility and provide notification of the intention to transfer during the transfer window.
The Division I Council is recommending that the NCAA get rid of the “one-time” part of its transfer rule.
Anyone would be able to transfer and have immediate eligibility, if they meet academic standards. Athletes could transfer multiple times and play right away.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 21, 2022
In the Twitter thread by Auerbach, schools would have more added to their plate when taking on transfers. The school would be required to “provide financial aid to the student-athlete through the completion of the student’s five-year period of eligibility or undergraduate graduation.”
The transfer portal has changed the way coaches recruit in college sports, particularly in football and basketball. With the portal the way it is now, it is also changing how coaches are recruiting high school prospects.