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Updating NCAA Transfer Rules?

The transfer portal has become controversial over the last few years. The outcomes in terms of immediate versus delayed eligibility seem questionable at best.


Unsurprisingly, we have a proposal to fix the system!


"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," said working group chair Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. "This concept provides a uniform approach that is understandable, predictable and objective. Most importantly, it benefits students."
The working group is considering a more uniform way to allow players an opportunity to transfer without penalty. The student-athlete would be able to transfer one time without penalty and would have immediate eligibility no matter the destination.

A small problem with college football "rules" related to the players is that any restrictions will always seem unfair. Any gradual relaxation of restrictions on player movement and compensation will be viewed as unfair a year or two down the road.

The fundamental problem with big time college sports will always come back to the question of why institutions of higher education are running semi-professional sports organizations (pro staffs and amateur players).