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College sports unlimited transfer rule unlikely to pass next week: source

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Unlimited free agency may not come to college sports as quickly as some hoped.

multiple sources told athletic On Saturday, it said the Division I Board was less likely to vote at its Aug. 3 meeting to repeal an NCAA rule banning multiple transfers by athletes. This means that the one-time forwarding rule still applies. Creation of the transfer window may also be delayed.

Earlier this month, the Division I Council voted to repeal the one-time transfer rule as part of a transfer reform package that includes the implementation of transfer windows and a requirement that schools accepting transfers must provide financial assistance to universities. approved. Incoming Student-Athlete until the end of the student’s five-year qualification period or undergraduate graduation. The package grew out of the Division I Transformation Committee, a group formed to help modernize college athletics.

The chairmen of both the Transformation Commission and the board have expressed concerns about the potential for unrestricted transfers, sources said. has received many objections.

If the current one-transfer rule were abolished, athletes could transfer as many times as they wanted during their college career, and as long as they were academically qualified and had announced their intention to transfer, immediately. qualify to play elsewhere at certain times of the year. Currently, a four-year college athlete is entitled to one “free” transfer. If you want to play at your new school immediately, you will need to submit a waiver application for any additional travel.

However, concerns remain about the impact of school transfers on academic success and the ability of athletes to graduate. Also, a year after the NIL era, he data on this topic, coupled with a one-time transfer, are still not enough.

multiple sources told athletic They expect the repeal of the one-off transfer rule to be sent back to the Transformation Commission and/or Board at this week’s Board meeting as it is unlikely to pass if put to a vote. Two sources expect the board to return the entire transfer package (including the transfer window and funding portion). Another said the NCAA could file further lawsuits if the board only limits player transfers and doesn’t open up any opportunities.

A source said the board could return one-off transfer rules, but could still vote on transfer windows and financial aid components.”It’s all very fluid.” ”. Do something with this space. This also marks the first wave of recommendations from the Transformation Commission to show that the group is ready to address potential antitrust issues and empower athletes in a changing environment. It’s also a matter of the hot buttons included in the standard.

“It’s probably the best overall package, but it’s going to be at least half a step,” said one source.

— Chris Vannini contributed to this article

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