While not discussed on the Wbb's board, this issue has been discussed on the Mbb board.

The NCAA D-1 Council was evaluating whether to make a grad transfer count as 2 years worth of scholarships even if they only had one year of eligibility left. This revision was being considered to help mid-major teams hang onto the top tier players they have spent 3-4 years developing only to lose them in their last year of eligibility. Of course, this would most likely significantly impact those teams that make the most use out of grad transfers and certainly would reduce the number of options available to the student athletes. For example, would the GU Mbb team offered Geno Crandall if they knew he was going to count against their scholarship limit for two years when he was only going to play for one year?

The NCAA D-1 Council voted down this proposed change to the graduate transfer rule, but did make some minor revisions to the transfer rule that will go into effect this fall semester, allowing athletes who have enrolled in summer school and are on scholarship to transfer and be immediately eligible at a new school if their head coaches leave. I do not know if "leave" means only leave (change schools, retire, etc.) or if that includes "termination". I think this is a great change, as head coaches are free to leave at anytime even if under a long term contract (but may incur a buyout penalty) but a student athlete who has committed to a school and coaching staff has to give up a year (either redshirt of eligibility) to transfer even if her coaching staff chooses to leave. This change in the rules allows a student athlete to change schools if their coaching staff decides to leave the school.

From ESPN:

NCAA nixes 2-year commitment to grad transfers
Associated Press
11:21 AM PT

A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.

The Division I Council on Friday voted down a proposal that could have tapped the brakes on the de facto free agency created by a rule originally intended to give athletes more freedom to pursue graduate degrees.

NCAA rules require football and basketball players to sit out a season after transferring, but those who complete a degree are permitted to transfer and play immediately. The proposed change would have locked schools into a two-year scholarship commitment regardless of how much eligibility a grad transfer had remaining.

An exception would have been made if the athlete completed degree requirements before the second season.

"I don't think people were ready to take that step ... but trying to figure out how that graduate space works will be a continued discussion," said South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, who led the council's transfer working group.

The council did pass a new rule that will go into effect this fall semester, allowing athletes who have enrolled in summer school and are on scholarship to transfer and be immediately eligible at a new school if their head coaches leave. Previously, athletes in that situation would have needed a waiver from the NCAA to avoid sitting out a season.

"It's a fairly narrow exception, but it's to help students who have a really late (coaching) change in the summer," Sell said.

The council also voted to allow walk-on athletes to transfer and be immediately eligible at a new school.
Article Link: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...grad-transfers

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