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21:00  19 may  2019
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The NCAA got that right. And it makes sense to require athletes to sit out a year to prevent college Football and basketball players in the ACC and Big 12 also lose a year of eligibility when they The coaches need to lighten up on their restrictions. At the bare minimum, the one thing lacking here is

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When Justin Fuente decided to transfer from Oklahoma in the late 1990s, there was no transfer portal. For that matter, there wasn’t even high-speed internet.

“We had the Internet, but it was dial-up,” recalled Fuente. “I was sitting in my apartment, the phone would ring and it would be a coach from a school that I’ve never heard of. I was trying to figure out where they were located.”

The transfer process has come a long way from the dark ages of AOL dial-up, with players now free to enter their names into a new NCAA transfer database. Once they are listed in the portal, players can wait to be contacted by coaches interested in adding them to their rosters.

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Waiver : An action that sets aside an NCAA rule because a specific, extraordinary circumstance prevents you from meeting the rule. Academic year in residence: Under the basic transfer regulations, you must spend an academic year in residence at the school to which you are transferring .

The NCAA ’s waiver process is one source of the second half of that seemingly inconsistent description. The most common criticism of transfer waivers is the lack of consistency. But often missing from discussions about consistency is what waivers are supposed to be consistent with.

While portal provides college athletes interested in transferring exposure to more programs, it’s not without its unique set of challenges. While many athletes in the portal have earned bachelor’s degrees and would be immediately eligible at their next school, there are numerous underclassmen hoping to avoid sitting out a year by applying for special NCAA waivers.

Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson received a waiver after transferring in from Ole Miss. Patterson and his attorney, Thomas Mars, contend he was lied to by former Rebels coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, who were hit with NCAA sanctions for rule violations. Several other Ole Miss players were also granted immediate eligibility, including UCF receiver Tre Nixon.

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Waivers (and waiver denials) of the transfer legislation have been well documented in the media, and the Division I Leadership Council is leading a division-wide review of transfer rules. That review began earlier this fall and will include a variety of constituents, including coaches associations and other

Several college basketball coaches discussed their thoughts on the NCAA 's transfer waiver process. The last coach 's compliance director told him during the spring to be aware that the NCAA was liberalizing its policy on granting waivers for Division I transfers .

Quarterbacks Tate Martell (Miami) and Justin Fields (Ohio State) received hardship waivers from the NCAA, making them immediately eligible to play this upcoming season. The rulings led some critics to argue the transfer portal has become a waiver wire with no regulation.

ACC coaches seem to be just as confounded by the NCAA rulings as fans.

“We had lengthy discussions about the waiver process — how little we all actually understand about the individual waivers that are entered and then, obviously, about what’s been created here with the [transfer] portal,” Fuente said of discussions among coaches during the ACC spring meetings.

“You have a lot of people involved, or a lot of cooks in the kitchen now, in terms of those waivers and outside people on sort of stuff. And obviously, we still have one going on that we’re trying to figure out through our administration about how it should be handled.”

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Contact college coaches . NCAA Transfer Exceptions and Waivers . The transfer process has a complex mix of rules and regulations that determine when and where The graduate transfer waiver is now typically used by athletes who have previous transferred once before and so cannot

The waiver process for certain Division I undergraduate student-athletes could change to allow for extra time to Some student-athletes who transfer schools as a result of difficult life or family circumstances should The change also is intended to reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process and

Fuente is especially concerned about transfer Brock Hoffman’s application.

Hoffman, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound offensive lineman, transferred from Coastal Carolina to Virginia Tech in an effort to be closer to his mother, who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor. His appeal for immediate eligibility was denied because Blacksburg, Va., is more than 100 miles from his family’s home in Statesville, S.C., and according to the school’s compliance department, his mother’s condition is improving.

Hoffman has reportedly hired a lawyer and is appealing the decision.

“It’s a little bit difficult for me to step too far out there. Right now, we’re still going through it. I’m optimistic and hopeful that everything works itself out. I know our administration is doing the best job they can do to provide the NCAA with all the pertinent information that they need to make a good decision that we all hope works out best for everyone," Fuente said.

Hoffman’s case isn’t unique.

James Hudson, an offensive tackle who recently transferred from Michigan to Cincinnati, had his application for immediate eligibility denied by the NCAA. Hudson claimed his decision to leave the Wolverines program was based on the fact he was struggling with depression during his time with the program. The NCAA, however, said there was no evidence Hudson tried to address those issues with the staff at Michigan.

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Student-athletes who transfer after graduation and meet specific criteria already outlined in the legislation would still be eligible to transfer and compete immediately without seeking a waiver . Those who would be affected by this policy change are the small numbers who don’t meet the legislated

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Hudson said he was afraid to speak up about his struggles with depression for fear of looking weak among the staff and fellow players.

The waiver process has frustrated coaches and administrators alike, with many of them calling for a standardized process.

“I don’t know if that’s possible because every circumstance is a little different,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said when asked if clearer waiver rules were needed. "Another really challenging part of it is that sometimes those circumstances cannot be made public. It’s inappropriate or sometimes against the law to make them public.

“I think that adds to the frustration. As much as you can standardize it, it would be very helpful, but I just don’t know if you can 100% across the board do that.”

Boston College athletics director Martin Jarmond added: “The reality is, every situation is different. So the hard part is you try to legislate something on a consistent basis when [the] individual [is] at the heart of it. So ... one young man’s situation is different than another young man’s situation."

If athletes decide to transfer, Jarmond wants to make sure they all have the correct information at hand and they are not being swayed by a third party.

“What we’re finding is there’s so many third parties; different people get involved and say, ‘Hey, you know what, you can transfer and become immediately eligible.’ Well, that’s not how it works. Now there’s a waiver process that might lend itself better, but the reality is, that’s not always the case,” Jarmond said.

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These waiver groups were originally established as subcommittees of the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Management Councils to review the application of If you are from a member institution or conference and have specific questions regarding the CLR/SLR waiver process, a potential CLR/SLR waiver

NCAA transfers rules and NLI rules then govern any potential restrictions for the athlete in the future during The athlete’s value is essentially tied to the coach ’s style of play and his contributions to the scoreboard. Devin Pugh’s antitrust case will undoubtedly challenge these inconsistent NCAA rules.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he would like more clarity when it comes to the entire transfer system.

“There’s lots of unknowns and I don’t think there is a lot of transparency in the process," Swinney said. “I don’t mind the portal. I mean, if guys want to leave that’s the way it is. It just needs to be transparency in the process.”

While some players are waiting to learn how quickly they can play at their next school, others stall looking for a new destination. The NCAA only allows schools to sign 25 scholarship players in a recruiting cycle, including transfers, so there are limited spots available for hundreds of athletes in the portal.

Swofford said, for now, everyone involved in the new transfer system is still figuring out how it works.

“There’s a lot of kids in the portal trying to go somewhere and as yet haven’t landed anywhere,” Swofford said. “What’s the reality of that? Ultimately as this progresses, we’ll learn some things and maybe be surprised by some of the things we learn in the efforts to give athletes more freedom without creating chaos.

“I think it’s an exercise in trying to find the sweet spot and create the right balance.”

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