NCAA to adopt new transfer portal window system
In an attempt at evolution, the NCAA announced that it was adding new transfer rules for college athletes.
For fall sports, including college football, the NCAA added a transfer window of May 1-15 or a 45-day window “the day after championship selection in their sport.” The same goes for spring sports, except instead of May dates, they are December 1-15.
For winter sports, such as college basketball, the NCAA added a 60-day window after championship selection.
Additionally, the NCAA added new rules for players on teams undergoing head coaching changes and for student-athletes who wish to be eligible immediately but do not fall under the one-time waiver exception rule. Students will also be able to keep their financial aid until graduation if they decide to change schools, wherever they go.
One area the NCAA has not addressed is athletes transferring multiple times and becoming instantly eligible each time.
“Like their peers in the general student population, varsity athletes choose to transfer for a number of reasons,” University of Georgia President and Chairman Joe Morehead said in a statement. “We believe that the changes adopted today allow member schools to adapt to the needs of students, while positioning students for long-term academic success. These changes to NCAA rules recognize that further study is needed on graduation rates before considering allowing multiple transfer opportunities with immediate eligibility. We will continue to review potential changes to the transfer rules as the landscape evolves over time.
These transfer rules should give college athletes even more flexibility if they plan to leave their current schools. As for the NCAA, the organization hopes these windows can make life easier for students who want to transfer.
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