NCAA approves new transfer rule: Division I players no longer have to sit out a year
Used to be a college football player couldn’t transfer from one Division I program to another without going down a level or sitting out a year altogether. That’s no longer the case.
Today, the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve a plan allowing undergraduate athletes to now bypass that year of ineligibility.
The so-called one-time exception that’s been available to most sports for a long time now gives the same green light to football, men and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, and baseball.
Player freedom could be met with unintended consequences, fewer scholarships for high school recruits, power programs poaching players from smaller schools, and quicker roster turnover.
The good news, no more gray area. The first transfer is free starting in September.