The NCAA’s Transformation Committee announced recommendations Thursday that would provide athletes with windows to access the transfer portal each year, as well as changes to the current offenses process designed to speed up results.
The proposed transfer recommendations are “intended to stabilize the transfer environment,” according to the NCAA press release, and would require “additional accountability” for schools that receive transfer students. The NCAA did not immediately provide information on what the specific transfer windows would be or how it would hold schools accountable on the receiving side.
The NCAA transfer portal, which debuted in October 2018, does not have a specific move window. The only deadline is that players must notify schools that they are entering the portal by May 1 of each school year.
In early May, Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, told ESPN that his group would like to see two transfer windows allowing players to enter their names on the portal: one from the last Sunday in November until on the date of early signing. in mid-December and another from April 15 to May 1. Both windows would coincide with periods of contact in recruitment. Players would not be required to transfer, only to enter the portal during designated time periods.
In addition to providing more transfer safeguards, the Transformation Committee is also working to modernize the NCAA’s lengthy infraction process. College athletics leaders have lamented what has traditionally been a painfully slow process that often punishes programs and coaches long after violators have moved on.
According to the NCAA, the proposed changes would “promote time-efficient results,” use a more modernized set of principles and rules, and hold accountable “those directly involved in rule violations while minimizing the impact on student-athletes who were not involved.” Some of the changes to the process would include “an incentive for cooperation from all parties, additional investigative tools and greater flexibility in confidentiality rules.”
The Transformation Committee is co-chaired by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and Ohio Athletic Director Julie Cromer.
“College sports continue to face many challenges, and we must move quickly to update our rules and make offenses more effective so that we can focus our attention on the expectations of Division I members and, most importantly, about the benefits for student-athletes,” Chairman of the Board of Directors and Georgian President Jere Morehead said in a prepared statement.
The board will review the recommendations at its June 30 meeting. If he supports them, he will send them to the Division I Board for comment when that group meets on July 20. The board could vote to approve the recommendations on Aug. 3.
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