The NCAA Division I Council approved the change Wednesday. The change formally goes into effect on October 15. But it wasn't until Tuesday's announcement that the transfer dynamic truly changed.
Under the new system, if an athlete notifies his current coach that he wants to transfer, that coach is required to enter the athlete's name into a national transfer database within two business days. The council adopted a process this week that will allow athletes to transfer to another school without seeking permission from their current school. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer.
"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said council chair Blake James, who is the athletic director at Miami. When defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson made a decision to transfer from Auburn after the 2016 season, Jackson said that Auburn would block him from transferring to another SEC school, Ohio State, Clemson or Georgia.More news: Fed Raises Rates; Officials Lift Outlook to Four 2018 Hikes
Nicholas Clark, a former Coastal Carolina football player and member of the Division I transfer group, offered up these comments on the new rule.
Over the past few months, CBS reported multiple other transfer proposals, including one that would force all student-athletes to sit out a year after transferring, and another that would lessen the mandated time out for students who meet a certain GPA threshold. The group quickly found support for switching from a permission model to notification while also codifying rules against impermissible recruiting of athletes under scholarship.
While conferences can still vote to create more restrictive legislation - such as preventing in-conference moves - this ruling should decrease the number of instances in which schools block players from transferring. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear.More news: Splitting California Into 3 States Put on November Ballot
The change will allow players to maintain a year of eligibility in the event of injuries of other factors require them to play and opens the door to greater development earlier in a players' college career.
There was discussion about easing that restriction, which doesn't exist in most NCAA sports. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules.More news: Niall has left Love Island in shock move