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NCAA Legislation Changes Transfer Portal Entrance Deadline to May 1

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The NCAA changed its transfer portal guidelines last week. Now, regardless of class, all transfers must enter the portal by May 1st.

Previously, grad transfers were allowed to enter the portal after the deadline, but with the new rules, all players are being treated the same way when it comes to entering the transfer portal.


According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, “The NCAA confirmed to ESPN that the D1 Board of Directors approved this change on Monday, and it’s indeed effective immediately.”

In previous years, graduate transfers had an extra 14 days to enter the portal, with a deadline of June 15th. The rule change will likely come with a spike in interest as the portal closes as players have a tighter deadline to enter than before.

While the transfer portal has quickly become one of the reasons that college sports are typically referred to as the Wild West, more guidelines and restrictions for the process are actually a good thing. Rather than giving coaches more variables to juggle during the offseason, the NCAA stepped up and clarified its rules, resulting in one unified deadline.

The remaining players who are unsure about transferring will now have to file paperwork within the next week to be considered for a transfer before the May 1st deadline.

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