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NCAA Approves Transfer Windows, In Effect for 2022-23

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The Transfer Portal has been of the hot button topics surrounding college football over the last couple of seasons and in 2021-22 we saw it get out of hand. Coaches were tasked with maintaining rosters while thousands of athlete hit to portal for various reasons.

Now, it appears that one of the much-needed guardrails surrounding the controversial but necessary process has officially been accepted and put into practice.

The NCAA Division I board has officially adopted transfer windows, according to a press release from the organization.

 

Here are the specific’s from the official press release.

College athletes in all sports will continue to be immediately eligible the first time they transfer, provided they notify their schools in writing during designated notification-of-transfer windows (as determined by their sport.) 

The board adopted the following notification-of-transfer windows:

  • Fall sports: a 45-day window beginning the day after championships selections are made in their sport, or May 1-15.
    • Reasonable accommodations will be made for participants in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision championship games. 
  • Winter sports: a 60-day window beginning the day after championships selections are made in the sport.
  • Spring sports: Dec. 1-15, or a 45-day window beginning the day after selections are made in the sport. 

The legislation also establishes exceptions to the new windows for student-athletes who experience head coach changes or have athletics aid reduced, canceled or not renewed.

 

There are several reasons why the transfer portal is necessary for collegiate athletics. The new guidelines will help ensure that it sticks around and doesn’t affect the integrity of the sports associated with it.

“Like their peers in the general student population, college athletes choose to transfer for any number of reasons,” Jere Morehead, UGA president and chair on the Board of Directors, said. “We believe the changes enacted today enable member schools to adapt to students’ needs, while also positioning students for long-term academic success. These changes to NCAA rules recognize further study is needed on graduation rates before we consider authorizing multiple transfer opportunities with immediate eligibility. We will continue to review potential modifications to transfer rules as the landscape evolves over time.”

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