04/19 12:16 CDT NCAA rejects mandatory 2-year commitment to grad transfers
NCAA rejects mandatory 2-year commitment to grad transfers
By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Sports Writer
A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship
total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.
The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped
the brakes on the de facto free agency created by a rule originally intended to
give athletes more freedom to pursue graduate degrees.
NCAA rules require football and basketball players to sit out a season after
transferring, but those who complete a degree are permitted to transfer and
play immediately. The proposed change would have locked schools into a two-year
scholarship commitment regardless of how much eligibility a grad transfer had
An exception would have been made if the athlete completed degree requirements
before the second season.
"I don't think people were ready to take that step ... but trying to figure out
how that graduate space works will be a continued discussion," said South
Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, who led the council's transfer
The council did pass a new rule that will go into effect this fall semester,
allowing athletes who have enrolled in summer school and are on scholarship to
transfer and be immediately eligible at a new school if their head coaches
leave. Previously, athletes in that situation would have needed a waiver from
the NCAA to avoid sitting out a season.
"It's a fairly narrow exception, but it's to help students who have a really
late (coaching) change in the summer," Sell said.
The council also voted to allow walk-on athletes to transfer and be immediately
eligible at a new school.