NCAA Division I Council adopts immediate eligibility rule for one-time transfers

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FILE – In this March 18, 2015, file photo, the NCAA logo is displayed at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, for the NCAA college basketball tournament. NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WCMH) — The NCAA Division I Council announced Thursday it has adopted legislation allowing athletes a one-time transfer during their athletic careers without suffering the penalty of sitting out a season, reversing a policy from the 1960s.

Fall and winter sport athletes would have to notify their schools of a transfer by May 1, but there is an exception for an end-of-the-year head coaching change or the non-renewal of scholarships. That extension would last until July 1. Spring sport athletes would have until July 1 to notify schools of their transfer.

Athletes missing the deadline would not be immediately eligible at a new school.

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