NCAA moves to­ward some re­forms

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo As­so­ci­ated Press

The NCAA is about just days away from fi­nally mak­ing some sub­stan­tial re­forms to trans­fer rules. The changes will not be quite as ex­ten­sive as some had hoped and the work is not com­plete, but con­sid­er­ing pre­vi­ous failed at­tempts, get­ting any­thing ac­com­plished on trans­fers can be counted as a suc­cess.

The NCAA’s trans­fer work­ing group, led by South Dakota ath­letic di­rec­tor Justin Sell, will re­con­vene in In­di­anapo­lis on June 11 and plans to present a pro­posal to the Di­vi­sion I Coun­cil that will end the prac­tice of schools and coaches block­ing an ath­lete from trans­fer­ring or dic­tat­ing where an ath­lete can go. The change to a no­ti­fi­ca­tion model from a per­mis­sion model is likely to pass that week, Sell said.

“We’ve got noth­ing but re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back across the board,” Sell said. “I’m as­sum­ing that’s go­ing to go through very eas­ily and smoothly.”

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 ath­lete’s cur­rent school for per­mis­sion to re­cruit the ath­lete. With­out per­mis­sion from the ath­lete’s orig­i­nal school, the ath­lete can­not get fi­nan­cial aid from an­other school.

The new model would free ath­letes to be con­tacted when they no­tify their cur­rent coaches. The ath­letes’ names would go into a data­base cre­ated and man­aged by the NCAA, alert­ing schools of who can be re­cruited. The changes will come with stricter tam­per­ing rules to help ap­pease coaches who worry il­le­gal re­cruit­ing could rise.

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