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NCAA Proposes Reducing Transfer Portal Window to 30 Days

According to a press release from the NCAA, the Division I Council has introduced a proposal to shorten the transfer portal window to 30 days, down from the current 60-day period.

The windows have only been in effect for one year, but in that time provided enough data to the NCAA for them to determine that most athletes enter the portal at the beginning of the window. With a shorter window, coaches would have a much easier task in rebuilding or supplementing their rosters after a season concludes.

Football currently has two transfer windows: A 45-day window that started the day after the College Football Playoff field and bowl matchups were announced, and a second window from April 15-30 this spring.


“Now that the proposal has been formally introduced, respective oversight committees and the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will gather additional feedback and offer potential amendments to the proposal over the summer,” the NCAA release reads. “A final vote on the proposal will be considered by the council during its October meeting.”

The transfer window has been one of many hot button topics in sports this past year, sparking many interesting commentaries. Recently, during an appearance on “The Joel Klatt Show,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey suggested that the NCAA shoudl shorten the winter transfer portal window, which stretched for 45 days.

“What you saw when the portal opened, the day after bowl placement, the first week or two was the exact behavior anticipated,” Sankey said. “A lot of people who didn’t get playing time or didn’t make the right decisions raised their hand and said I would like to leave. After those two weeks, you had a lot of third parties and agents saying, ‘I’ve got a deal for you if you leave.’”


Sankey seems to suggest that shortening the window would leave less room for tampering, which in theory, makes sense. If that is the case, then let’s get it done.

In addition to the transfer window being shortened, the D-I Council also approved two other transfer portal-related rule changes. First, if transfer players decide to leave their school after a coaching change at their second school, they can still remain on scholarship without counting towards the team total. The second rule change would exempt schools from counting a transfer player towards the team scholarship numbers if they do not actually enroll at that school.

With the transfer portal still being relatively new to college athletics, it appears the NCAA is doing what it can to get caught up with the times.

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