New transfer rules allow student-athletes to play anywhere after graduation

The NCAA recently passed a rule allowing student-athletes to transfer to any college after graduating if they still have eligibility remaining without sitting out a year, as required of other student-athlete transfers. The rule, which passed without fanfare, recently drew the ire of coaches from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), who are worried that star players already on college teams will be recruited to spend a year or two at a new college. Florida coach Urban Meyer was quoted in the Athens Banner Herald: “That’s a loophole that will be closed up. I’m convinced that we’ll eventually shut that one down.” The SEC, though, amended its rules to allow teams to accept incoming transfers with one season of eligibility left.