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Proposal would allow players to transfer if coach leaves or is fired

Some kind of NCAA transfer rule change is on the horizon one way or another.

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We’re continuing to get closer to a change in NCAA transfer rules.

After the proposition of a free will rule that would have allowed players to transfer whenever, wherever they want received mixed reviews, there’s a new proposal that would allow players to transfer and be immediately eligible if their head coach was fired or quit.

This proposal has been put together by some Division I faculty athletic representatives, according to CBS Sports, and would allow some more freedom in transfers compared to the current set of rules that allow coaches to block transfers and restrict certain schools, and rules that keep players from playing the year after they transfer.

“Basically, we’re saying kids can go anywhere they want,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said, according to a report on the proposal from CBS Sports. “For the first time ever in college athletics, the student-athlete is empowered.”

Mass transfers could still be a problem with this model, as when a coach leaves for a better job you could see the talent he brought in completely jump ship. But this would be a method of giving the players more freedom to make their own decisions about their playing careers.