Attention College Sports fans, big changes are coming to the NCAA Transfer Portal next season. On January 11, 2023, the NCAA revealed new regulations that will take us into the next calendar year.
Let’s take a look at what changes were made and how it might affect the game going forward.
Official Transfer Portal Modifications
For starters, a player will no longer have immediate eligibility should he/she transfer multiple times. Only a player who transfers one time will still have immediate eligibility. There are some exceptions to the rule where multiple transfers can still play for their new squad right away.
To start off, if a player has displayed an injury, sickness or mental health condition which warranted the student’s transfer request, that player may be granted eligibility right a way.
Secondly, if a player has more serious experiences that made the student athlete’s exit from their last school (example; physical assault or abuse, or sexual assault), the NCAA council stated “that athletics reasons (lack of playing time, position presence and academic preferences), should not warrant waiver relief.”
The exceptions that remained in place were the 30-day window for a player to transfer and have immediate eligibility if a coach left their previous school and allowing athletes to pursue grad transfers with instant eligibility.
Why did the NCAA decide to make Changes Now?
Before the portal first came about, pending transfers had to let their coaches know ahead of time that they were intending to switch schools.
On Sep 1, 2022, the NCAA rejected a proposal that would have allowed multiple transfers to gain immediate eligibility, no matter how many times they transferred. Instead, they kept the current rules displayed back in 2020, which finally allowed one time-transfers to have immediate eligibility and have multiple transfers sit out a year.
Based on these rulings, the NCAA really wants to award players immediate eligibility to one-time transfer who aren’t going to bounce from program-program every year and actually earn their immediate eligibility.
Why are so many Players entering the Transfer Portal Now?
Many players have been entering the Transfer Porter now to be able to get immediate eligibility.
It is described by the recruiting website: NCSA College Recruiting. It says, “After you initiate the transfer process, your current scholarship shall remain intact. Your scholarship for the following academic term, however, is not guaranteed. If you end up rescinding the transfer and if you decide to stay at your current school, your scholarship could be in jeopardy.”
Why is that vital? The NCAA passed new regulations to “protect” the transferring player to help him/her avoid from entering the portal in the first place. New regulations were passed on August 31, 2022 to help explain this issue.
They state: “NCAA rules now will require any school that considers athletics when awarding scholarships to transfer student-athletes to provide that scholarship for the rest of a student’s five-year eligibility or until they complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree, unless the student transfers again or engages in professional athletics opportunities.”
So basically, if you transfer the schools that’s offering and awarding scholarships they must provide the transfers that same scholarship for the whole five-year eligibility. There’s a catch however, as that statement doesn’t consider injury or playing time and no exceptions are listed.
2023 NCAA Transfer Portal
Let’s take a look at what 2023 might look like. While many people may or may not agree with the new 2023 Transfer Portal, it looks like it is going to go back to the way it was before COVID.
For this year, one time transfers will still have immediate eligibility while multiple time transfers will not with a few exceptions.