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NCAA adopts one-time transfer waiver

This is a huge step forward.

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Starting this fall, student athletes will finally be able to transfer one time without having to sit out one year in their respective sport.

The NCAA Division I Council has voted to pass the one-time transfer rule, the organization announced Thursday. The Board of Directors are expected to approve the ruling in a meeting that will take place on April 28th, which is just a formality at this point.

This is going to particularly impact student athletes that play football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, and baseball. All student athletes in these sports either had to sit out a season before competing after their transfer, or would have to get a waiver approved by the NCAA and potentially the respective conference.

With the rule change comes one important date change as well that starts in 2022. Players who intend to transfer for fall sports have until May 1st to enter their name into the portal, and spring sports have until July 1st. Currently, the date across the board is July 1st.

The next key step in this development is conferences also changing their rules on intra-conference transfers. Currently, three conferences have elected to eliminate the rule which are the ACC, AAC, and the MAC.

In regards to Kentucky and the SEC, league commissioner Greg Sankey has mentioned that if this rule was passed, the SEC would vote on eliminating its intra-conference transfer rule at the spring meetings.

For UK Athletics, this rule will have a major impact starting this fall as this rule will allow guys such as Wandale Robinson, Tre’Von Morgan and Will Levis to not have to wait on waivers to allow them to play this fall.

It’s been a long time coming, but it is awesome for student athletes that this day has finally come to pass.