Despite many believing non-graduate transfers would be immediately eligible next season, the NCAA has yet to make a decision, per MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.
Steinbrecher, who is also the chairman of the group who made the one-time transfer waiver proposal told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman he would send a report to the Division 1 Council on April 24, and that a vote will be held at the council’s next meeting.
“Contrary to any speculation, nothing has been determined yet,” said Steinbrecher told Stadium, “There’s been no decision made, no date attached to it yet.”
In the proposal, non-graduate transfers would be eligible to play immediately after transferring for a first time if they: Receive a transfer release from their previous school, leave their previous school academically eligible, maintain their academic progress at the new school, and leave under no disciplinary suspension.
Adding to this, Kendall Rogers reports that the NCAA is trending back toward putting the one-time transfer rule into effect for 2020-21:
SOURCES: The @NCAA Division I Council will discuss the implementation of a one-time transfer waiver on April 24. The Council will not vote on it that day, but a vote IS expected to take place on May 20. Told the measure is expected to pass and would immediately apply. Stay tuned.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) April 10, 2020
The NCAA’s decision directly affects former Kentucky Wildcats freshman Johnny Juzang who announced he will transfer to UCLA. The Wildcats themselves may also pursue transfers who would normally have to sit out a season, but could instead be immediately eligible next season.
Like many issues in sports right now, the coronavirus outbreak is directly to blame for the hold up in the decision making for this proposal as important meetings of this nature have become much more complicated.