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NCAA Considering Letting Athletes Transfer Once Without Sitting Out

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Division I student athletes in all sports could soon find themselves in the position of being allowed to transfer once without having to sit out a year, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The proposal with the Transfer Waiver Working Group would change the waiver criteria to allow student athletes for first-time four-year transfers in all sports to compete immediately if they meet the following: 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.

These waiver criteria are already in place for student athletes in all sports except football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey.


The goal would be to begin this process for the 2020-21 academic school year. There has been support from the Big Ten and ACC for this proposal, but not much out there from Big 12 leadership.

“The current system is unsustainable. Working group members believe it’s time to bring our transfer rules more in line with today’s college landscape. This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students,” said working group chair Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference.

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