The NCAA continues to tinker with and adopt more comprehensive and common sense practices. The latest rule change approved by the NCAA is the student-athlete transfer rule. The transfer process has long favored the student-athletes current school and restricted the student's options.


Under the newly passed rule dubbed the "notification-of-transfer" rule, it requires schools to enter a student into a national transfer database within two days of the student's request. At that point, coaches from other schools are free to contact and recruit the student. 

The rule differs from the old model that forced the student-athlete to receive permission from their current school to engage in contact with a different university.


The new transfer rule is set to go into effect on October 15, 2018.


The transfer rule has drawn widespread criticism over the years. Notable instances involving Kansas State's head coach Bill Snyder and Alabama's Nick Saban have caught the attention of many in college football. Synder famously blocked wide receiver Corey Sutton from transferring to 35 schools and ​Saban barred players from transferring to schools in the SEC or to programs on the Crimson Tide's schedule. 

The NCAA still allows for conferences to make their own more restrictive transfer rules. ​Recently the SEC adopted a change to their grad transfer rule to allow student-athletes to transfer within the conference without penalty.


Finally, it looks as though the NCAA is listening to the growing criticism it has received. Hopefully, this is an encouraging sign moving forward with other preposterous rules that are currently in place. Step-by-step NCAA, step-by-step.