NCAA eases transfer rules; Martin gets $84M extension
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 and it will take effect Oct. 15.
Under the new rule, athletes will notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited. The hope is to end the practice of schools blocking 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 Wednesday. It takes effect Oct. 15.
Under the new rule, athletes would be permitted to be contacted when they notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database managed by the NCAA. Currently an athlete must ask for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer. FOOTBALL Cowboys, Martin agree to terms
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin have agreed to terms on an $84 million, six-year contract extension that will make the four-time All-Pro the highest-paid guard in the NFL.
The deal includes $40 million guaranteed and will be tacked on to the final year of his rookie contract.
In other news, Erica Wilkins, a former Cowboys cheerleader, filed a federal suit against the team, alleging she wasn’t paid for all her work and made less than the team’s male mascot. The team declined comment. COLLEGES Rice eyes Bragga, Mosiello, Allen
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Bragga led Tennessee Tech to a nation-best 53 wins this season. Allen, a former player and assistant coach at the University of Houston, is in his second season with the Longhorns.
According to sources, Rice has interviewed former players Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr., Paul Janish (who spent last season on Graham’s staff ), Norm Charlton and Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser. TCU pitching coach Kirk Saarloos withdrew his name from consideration. UT hires Floreal as track coach
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Zack Martin of Dallas is about to be the highest paid guard in the NFL.