The NCAA has been busy this offseason as it attempts to work on contingency plans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With so many new items on the agenda this year, some things are getting pushed to the back burner.
Wednesday, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that the NCAA has put to bed the one-time transfer rule for the upcoming academic year. Instead, the association will revisit the topic in January 2021, meaning that there will be no change to transfer rules for the 2020-21 athletics seasons.
One-time transfer waivers are dead until at least 2021-22 academic year, sources told @Stadium, as NCAA Division I Council approved a resolution to develop legislation regarding transfer eligibility for January 2021 that would not be effective until 2021-22 academic year
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 20, 2020
Changes to the NCAA’s current transfer rule add been proposed earlier this year and were expected to be a major talking point this spring. The new guidelines would allow student-athletes in all sports to participate immediately at their next institution if it was the first time they were transferring.
As it stands, student-athletes in football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and baseball must sit out one season if they are transferring and have not graduated from their previous institution. If there are extenuating circumstances, they can apply for an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA.
Because of the NCAA’s most recent decision on pushing back the transfer discussion, a change to the rules could not be implemented until the 2021-22 academic year.