Connecticut Sports Law’s top sports law story line of 2012 was the needed reform of NCAA transfer rules. Earlier in the year, I posted A Working Proposal to Change NCAA Transfer Rules, in which I suggested various changes to transfer rules, including the “Year in Residence Rule.” Here’s what I had to say:
Year in Residence
Under current NCAA rules, a student-athlete typically must spend a “year in residence” (sit out one year) after transferring, with some limited exceptions. These exceptions (such as the one-time transfer exception) should remain, but an academic exception should be instituted. Any student-athlete with a GPA of 3.0 or higher should be able to play immediately at the new school. After all, shouldn’t academic performance be rewarded?
Last week, John Infante of the Bylaw Blog reported that the NCAA Division I Leadership Council published a set of principles for updated transfer rules, including a rule allowing student-athletes who qualify for the transfer exemption in the APR (reportedly a 2.6 GPA) to play immediately at the new school. The Leadership Council also is exploring a change that would allow a transfer who does not receive permission to contact other schools to receive scholarships from the new school. For more on the Leadership Council’s proposed changes to NCAA transfer rules, click here.
Although this proposal is still under consideration, the news is encouraging. It appears that the NCAA is ready to address recent inequities for student-athletes in the transfer process. After all, why should a student-athlete in good academic standing be punished for transferring?