Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is one of the administrators who is shaping potential new transfer rules for NCAA student-athletes. Barta, who is part of the NCAA’s Transfer Working Group, said new stipulations for transferring could be tied to academics.
Barta told The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette’s Marc Morehouse that the committee is looking to propose a rule that would no longer require Division I athletes to sit out a year if they met certain academic requirements — likely a 3.0 grade-point average and a “certain amount of credit hours.”
“I think where it might end up is if you have a certain GPA and a certain amount of credit hours earned and you transfer, you won’t have to sit,” Barta said. “Below that you’ll have to sit. It’ll be academically driven and motivated. The goal is, if you transfer, the likelihood of you graduating at the same time you would’ve graduated if you didn’t transfer, that’s the nexus that’s being looked at.”
Current transfers for Division I athletes can be contentious, and some schools won’t release players unless they say they won’t transfer to certain schools. Barta also noted that the Transfer Working Group is looking to eliminate a rule that makes athletes ask permission from schools to transfer and a stipulation that lets schools block financial aid at a student’s next school.
Two things that Barta made sound like done deals are 1) student-athletes won't have to ask permission to transfer and 2) Schools won't be able to block their financial aid at the next school.
— Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) March 9, 2018
The proposed rules are set to be discussed again in April and are scheduled to be voted on in June.