The offseason has turned into somewhat of a free agent market in college football this year. The creation of the transfer portal has allowed players to explore other options at an incredibly high rate.

Following the influx in transfers and the increased number of approved eligibility waivers, the NCAA Division I committee is reviewing transfer guidelines. The NCAA released the information on Thursday.

The Committee for Legislative Relief started looking at the guidelines used when approving waiver requests for students seeking immediate eligibility after transferring between programs. The committee will review each category of waiver guidelines.


The review, which began during the committee’s Feb. 11-12 meeting in Indianapolis, will be comprehensive and review each category of waiver guidelines. The review will include feedback from Division I Council members and other stakeholders and would update the guidelines to ensure they are aligned with current membership philosophies.

“The Committee for Legislative Relief is reviewing current transfer waiver guidelines to make sure they are in line with the membership’s expectations. We do believe attention on a small number of high-profile requests can skew perceptions of the scope of staff and committee review,” said Kaity McKittrick, deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator at Lafayette. “Each waiver request is reviewed individually, as they each present a unique fact pattern and almost always confidential information of the student. Our committee and the staff operate with the membership’s guidelines in mind, and are not driven by a specific approval percentage.”

Last year, waivers for immediate eligibility were granted if specific criteria were met.

It will be interesting to see how the NCAA approaches the increased amount of transfers and whether restrictions and policies loosen up as time passes.