NCAA considers tying transfer eligibility to academic marks

The NCAA is considering allowing athletes who are doing well in the classroom the ability to transfer with immediate eligibility and permitting incoming freshmen to get out of a national letter of intent if there is a head coaching change.

The NCAA’s Division I transfer working group concluded two days of meetings Tuesday. Justin Sell, the group chairman and athletic director at South Dakota State, says the group studied data on how transferring impacts academics as it develops concepts for rule reforms that could be presented to coaches, administrators and student-athletes for feedback.

The group will meet again in April and plans to then have a model it can present to NCAA membership for comment. The goal is to present a proposal for the Board of Governors to consider for approval in June.

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