New NCAA group looking into possible changes to transfer rules

The Division I Transfer Working Group, which was formed in April, has put a “comprehensive package” on the table to try to improve the transfer rules in college athletics.

Among the ideas laid out by the group, which has SEC representation with Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork, includes getting rid of permission-to-contact rules, new financial aid rules for postgraduate transfers and stressing ethical recruiting practices.

At the moment, Division I college athletes have to get permission from the school they’re attending to talk with other schools about their transfer options. If they don’t get the green light to do that and still transfer anyways, the student-athlete is prohibited from getting athletics aid for the first year after transferring.

Basically, the group is proposing to do away with that connection that currently exists between financial aid and permission to contact. The group also believes that student-athletes should be able to talk to other coaches without needing permission.

Something else proposed by the group is postgraduate transfers having access to financial aid for the duration of their graduate program.

As for the emphasis of ethical recruiting practices, the group is considering a rule that would make all tampering violations be classified as Level II (major) violations.

The group plans to send the survey to athletics administrators, coaches, presidents, faculty and conference commissioners in early September and get a mandatory response by Sept. 22.

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