Report: Immediate eligibility likely off the table for college football, basketball student-athlete next season
With the NCAA’s vote on immediately eligibility for all student-athletes who are transferring for the first time being delayed, it’s unlikely that any changes will take effect for the 2020-21 academic year, according to a recent report.
CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported on Sunday that, because the vote was postponed until June, even if the motion is passed it will not be enforced until the 2021-22 academic year. Rothstein cited anonymous sources in his report, which he tweeted out.
The initial vote was scheduled for April, but because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA decided to push the vote back until June.
Sources: If the NCAA votes in June to allow a one-time transfer rule with immediate eligibility, it is likely to begin during the 21-22 season.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 5, 2020
The NCAA had been discussing potential changes to the NCAA transfer policies, potentially allowing a one-time transfer rule for student-athletes. If players were transferring for the first time, they would be immediately eligible in any sport.
Currently, student-athletes who transfer and have not yet graduated are forced to sit out one season, unless an eligibility waiver is approved by the NCAA. Graduate transfers are permitted to play immediately after transferring.