NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers
college athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.
the NCAA division I council approved the change effective oct. 15 on wednesday. the council also decided that d-I football players will be allowed to play in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility if they can no longer play because of injuries “or other factors.”
the long-awaited transfer reform ended up being a narrow change, but should provide more freedom for athletes to transfer when and where they want.
currently, an athlete must ask a coach for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer. A school interested in recruiting a transferring player also must ask the current school for permission to recruit. without permission from the original school, the athlete cannot get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer.