Coaches will no longer be able to prevent players from transferring to certain schools, according to a new transfer rule the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The proposal, which will go into effect beginning Oct. 15, states athletes will have the freedom to transfer without getting permission from their current school. A detailed explanation of the updated “notification-to-transfer” process from the story can be found below:
The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new “notification-of-transfer” model. This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the student-athlete’s name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual.
“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”
The previous regulation required athletes to ask their current school for permission before contacting schools they were interesting in transferring to. The problem herein lied in coaches preventing players to transfer to certain programs, like when Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan tried to block Jarrod Uthoff from moving onto any Big Ten schools. Uthoff eventually landed at Iowa but dealt with strict limitations.
The new rule will eliminate these types of issues, at least on a national scale. However, the proposal states conferences can still “make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.”
The NCAA also announced its continuing effort to improve rules regarding graduate transfers and is “exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.”