One-year wait? NCAA could soon change transfer rule

A one-time transfer could be just months away for football, basketball and baseball players.

The NCAA’s Transfer Waiver Working Group has established guidelines to allow student-athletes to transfer and now the measure must be approved by the Division I Council.

“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 working group chair Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference, said in a statement released by the NCAA. “This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students.”

This would mean that a football, basketball, baseball or men’s ice hockey player could immediately transfer if they receive a release from their previous school, leave under no disciplinary action, are academically eligible and maintain academic progress at a new school.

All other NCAA-sanctioned sports allow transfers without forcing a student-athlete to sit out a season. Steinbrecher cited that more than 33 percent of all college students transfer more than once.

The announcement by the Transfer Waiver Working Group came a day after the ACC announced it had “unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport. As a conference, we look forward to continuing the discussion nationally.”

The NCAA’s Division I Council is set to meet in April. If approved, the measure could be approved for transfers in the 2020-21 academic year.

That could mean any current FSU football players looking to transfer would still need a waiver. Among those looking for a waiver to play in 2020 include Jashaun Corbin (from Texas A&M) and Jarrett Jackson (from Louisville).


  1. Nicholas Cotroneo Reply

    Rick Neuheisel commented this morning that if this passes in April, the NCAA will probably grandfather everyone in for the 2020 season. There is no reason for the NCAA to create controversy over one season. That is a guess on his part but it sounds reasonable.

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