NCAA mulling transfer changes, including immediate eligibility

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The NCAA Division I Council is asking for input for possible changes to the transfer rules, including the idea that all transfers would have immediate eligibility.

The “immediate eligibility” rule would be contingent on the athlete meeting certain academic requirements toward graduation.

Another proposal would make it mandatory that an athlete sit out a year to “acclimate to a new school.” This is similar to the current rule, though the group said establishing uniform transfer rules — the same rules regardless of the sport — was a topic that likely will take longer to resolve.

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In addition, the group is pondering a national transfer policy, which would eliminate conferences having their own rules.

These models simply are up for discussion. But the group could submit a proposal to the NCAA Board of Directors for approval by April 2018.

“I am thrilled with the great progress made this week, and I’m confident we can move forward with some initial concepts for consideration in this year’s legislative cycle,” said South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, who is the group chairman. “We are working toward academics-based, data-driven decisions that benefit student-athletes, teams and schools.”

One possible change: Schools currently are allowed to block athletes from transferring to certain other schools, meaning there can be no financial aid at the new school. But group members believe financial aid should not be tied to whether a school grants permission to contact.

Auburn recently barred defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson from transferring to certain schools; he ended up at a junior college.

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