According to a number of news sources, the NCAA is quickly moving to change their transfer policy for student-athletes, allowing a one-time transfer process for collegiate athletes with the ability to compete the following academic year. This new policy would trump the current requirements for student-athletes transferring to a four-year NCAA school who must complete one academic year in residence at the new school before they can play for the new school unless they qualify for a transfer exception or waiver – usually financial hardship or outright waiver from the departing institution.
This one-time transfer policy would significantly reduce waiver requests, but not all players will be eligible. According to the proposal, student-athletes must meet four benchmarks to transfer and play immediately: (1) receive a release from their previous school; (2) leave their previous school academically eligible; (3) maintain their academic progress at their new school; and (4) leave under no disciplinary suspension. The proposed policy would also align more closely with what most other non-student athletes can do if they wish to transfer from one school to another.
Most of the concerns center around football coaches with the high cost of recruiting and development. Others argue the risks of losing first-year student-athletes before they have adapted to a new academic/athletic environment. Also, critics see chaos as coaches and athletic staff of universities poaching players directly off other campuses during the school year.
We see this proposal as a logical, well-deserved benefit for student-athletes and a win for DU. Student-athletes should not be held hostage at universities for essentially two-years due to archaic transfer requirements. We also believe that the University of Denver with its educational profile, sports offers, and excellent coaches could actually benefit from these new rules.