For once, college athletes could be the ones with the advantage.
According to an article from 247 Sports, the NCAA could potentially change a rule, allowing all Division-I transfers to be able to play right away.
In an excerpt from the article, the only requirement the transfer athlete would have to meet would be a minimum GPA:
"The NCAA members may vote to allow all Division-I transfers to be eligible to play immediately. The only potential restrictions are that student-athletes would be asked to meet a minimum GPA, in order to transfer immediately, and that any additional transfer would require the student-athletes to sit out a full year."
Under the current rules, athletes who transfer must sit out one full season of competition. They do not lose any eligibility, but cannot participate in any games. With how much college athletes are already taken advantage of by the NCAA, this would be a much needed rule change.
This new rule change could transcend college sports, particularly men's football and basketball. There are many different reasons into why an athlete would transfer, but they shouldn't be punished for it. If coaches and other staff can move around without a penalty, so should the athletes.
Only makes sense. If the coach, AD, President can leave for greener pastures, why can't the student leave? Enough of the nonsense.— Edward (@lopezsmulaw) September 5, 2017
While payment for college athletes still is far away, this is a step in the right direction.