A big change is coming to the college football transfer portal, as the NCAA has announced the introduction of so-called transfer windows.
The new changes will affect how often players can go from one school to another without penalty, while another major rule change was pushed back.
The approved transfer portal windows create periods of time in which athletes must notify their coaches of their intent to transfer.
The new rule creates two transfer portal windows in college football and other sports:
- 45 days “from the day after the championship selection”, and
- a period of 15 days in the first two weeks of May at the end of spring practice, May 1-15
- the two windows last a total of 60 days
- “Reasonable accommodations” will be made for players in FBS and FCS national championship games.
The new transfer portal windows will go into effect in time for the 2022-23 college football season.
What the NCAA said
“Like their peers in the general student population, college athletes choose to transfer for a number of reasons,” Georgia President and NCAA Chairman of the Board Jere Morehead said in a statement.
“We believe the changes enacted today allow member schools to accommodate student needs, while also positioning students for long-term academic success.
“These NCAA rule changes recognize that more study of graduation rates is needed before we consider authorizing multiple transfer opportunities with immediate eligibility.
“We will continue to review possible modifications to the transfer rules as the landscape evolves over time.”
Another major rule change didn’t go through
In the same vote, the NCAA rejected the idea that players enter the transfer portal an unlimited number of times without penalty.
Such a rule would have created complete free agency in college football and other sports by allowing players to change schools whenever they wanted.
‘Modernized’ violation process
The NCAA announced new guidelines to streamline the infraction process and give quicker resolutions to those who break the rules.
- The NCAA will drop the Independent Liability Resolution Process because the number of cases it handles was too large.
- The new rules limit the grounds for appeals, raise the standard for overturning appeals, and change arguments from oral to written.
- The NCAA will limit the cases of extension of the deadline for decisions to “extreme and clearly defined circumstances”
- The measures come into force on January 1, 2023
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