According to Joseph Zucker on Bleacher Report, A working group for the NCAA is proposing a new transfer rule for D1 athletes.
The Proposed New Transfer Rule
Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, the group’s chairman, issued a statement on the plan: “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.”
The working group laid out four criteria for an athlete to fall under the policy:
Receive a transfer release from their previous schoolPer Joseph Zucker – Bleacher Report
Leave their previous school academically eligible
Maintain their academic progress at the new school
Leave under no disciplinary suspension
This transfer rule needs to happen.
First off, we could see more players reach their potential earlier. Imagine if Joe Burrow could have transfered and had immediate eligibility a year earlier. Sure the 2019-2020 LSU Tigers were a cinderalla team where the stars aligned but Burrow still reached his potential after transferring. If he was able to transfer a year earlier CFB fans would have had 2 years to enjoy Burrow’s escapades.. Who knows maybe he would have had an even better graduate year with a year of experience with LSU under his belt.
Secondly, this could beef up some non power five schools. If players are struggling to get playing time on P5 teams they have more incentive to jump ship to a non P5 school, thus, making more teams competitive. It’s possible we would eventually have a reason to watch Friday football MACtion..
Lastly – and most importantly – its only fair. Don’t tell me “there’s no real world transfer portal” because you’re just wrong. Coaches are able to jerk around and leave whenever they want, why can’t players? A perfect example of this is Mel Tucker.. He was complaining about the transfer portal then turned around and headed to MSU two days after tweeting about how he had unfinished business in Colorado. I have nothing against Tucker for doing this, hell we all would have taken the offer he got, but don’t tell me “there’s no real world transfer portal”.