New rule change allows Division I athletes to transfer without permission

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College athletes in Division I sports will now be able to transfer to any school they will like to without the school’s permission.

The NCAA approved the right for Division I student-athletes to transfer and receive a scholarship without getting permission from their current coach or school.

The school will be obligated to enter the athlete’s name in a national transfer database within two business days. Once their names are available in the database, any coach from another school will have access to contact the athlete. Before the decision made on Wednesday, athletes had to wait to get permission from their current college/university before being contacted by another school to receive any sort of scholarship.

“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches, and schools.”

The rule change will begin October 15th, applies to all Division 1 sports, buy will mostly affect the high-revenue sports of football and men’s basketball.

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