The NCAA has recently proposed the idea of a one-time transfer rule to go into effect during the 2020-2021 athletic seasons

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has recently proposed the idea of a one-time transfer rule to go into effect during the 2020-2021 athletic seasons. The basis of this new rule would include all transfers to be eligible immediately to compete in their sport. The athletes would be eligible immediately if they receive a transfer release from their previous school, leave their previous school academically eligible, maintain their academic progress at the new school, and leave under no disciplinary suspension (West). Student-athletes who do not comply with these guidelines or have transferred more than once must go through the traditional waiver process. ~

The waiver process that is in effect currently for the NCAA has received much criticism, specifically due to the bias it seems to display to players who are more “popular.” For example, Luke Ford, an NCAA college football tight-end, wanted to transfer from Georgia to Illinois so his sickly Grandpa could come to his football games more manageably. The traditional transfer process, however, caused him to have to sit out an entire season (Ryan). Meanwhile, big-time players who lost their starting job are transferring for more playing time elsewhere and the NCAA has granted them immediate eligibility. This has been brought into light in recent years with the transfers of Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields. Both quarterbacks transferred to previously successful football programs, yet were granted immediate eligibility for undisclosed reasons. ~

With the new transfer rules, the NCAA expects to experience less turmoil and more impartiality. With the establishment of this new rule, fans of college sports should expect an incline in transfers for at least the next couple of years in every sport. In addition to a few other new rules NCAA have put in place – like allowing players to profit off of their namesake – the new change in transfer policy seems to be the newest policy change for an organization that is experiencing a trend towards more flexible rules. ~

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