NCAA Transfer Waiver Working Group constructing concept to allow immediate eligibility to first-time transfers
A push to give student-athletes a free pass if they are transferring for the first time in their college career has now made it to the NCAA Transfer Waiver Working Group. The committee is reportedly constructing a concept that would allow players to have immediate eligibility at their next institution on a one-time basis.
Tuesday, the NCAA released a statement, saying the Division I Transfer Waiver Working Group is creating a concept that would allow first-time transfer student-athletes to receive immediate eligibility at their next institution. Currently, there are only five sports in which that is not the case: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, football and hockey.
“The current system is unsustainable. Working group members believe it’s time to bring our transfer rules more in line with today’s college landscape,” said Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the MAC and working group chair. “This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students.”
The working group’s new idea would apply to student-athletes in all sports. And student-athletes wanting to receive immediate eligibility after transferring would have to meet the following criteria, per the NCAA:
- Receive a transfer release from their previous school.
- Leave their previous school academically eligible.
- Maintain their academic progress at the new school.
- Leave under no disciplinary suspension.
Recently, the B1G pushed the idea to allow a one-time transfer opportunity for student-athletes, in which everyone across all sports would receive immediate eligibility. The ACC followed suit earlier this week.
The Division I Council would still need to approve the new policy, but it seems to be picking up incredible steam.