What is this, some common sense coming from the nonsensical entity known as the NCAA?
For as far back as the beginning of college football time, under-contract coaches have been free to leave a program at a moment’s notice for a better job $omewhere el$e. Players who desire to move on to another program, on the other hand, have ofttimes — most times — been subject to the whims of a coach’s ego that can, without a second thought and zero repercussions outside of a public outcry, place restrictions on where said player may want to transfer.
Such an uneven and heavy-handed approach, at least as it concerns the latter, may be seeing a shift in sentiment in general and policy specifically.
ESPN.com‘s Dana O’Neil writes that, “[b]y perhaps as early as next season, athletes could be able to dictate what school they want to transfer to as opposed to seeking approval from their universities and coaches.” The lifting of restrictions would apply to all sports, including football.
While there are still some issues to work out, the initiative is expected to be formally discussed in the spring and, again, could be in place for the 2013 season.
“It would be a situation where a kid would provide notice that he’s transferring and wants to talk to these five schools, for example,” NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs Kevin Lennon told O’Neil. “Schools can’t say, we’re giving you permission but not to these five schools. It’s in the student’s control more. …
“Some things need to be tweaked, but the concept is the kid provides notice to the school instead of relying on the school to give permission.”
The report went on to add that hardship waivers and graduate transfers — both of which grant immediate eligibility for transfers — will also be a topic of discussion, although it was unclear which direction those talks would head.