The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee proposed to the NCAA on Thursday many significant changes to the NCAA’s rules on recruiting and transfers.
According to Zach Barnett of footballscoop.com, the committee proposed to completely do away with the rule that requires student-athletes to receive permission from their programs in order to transfer. It also proposed that there should be no penalties for any graduate transfers who wish to play in a new conference.
“With transfers, one of the big things we are looking at is getting transparency,” former Miami (Ohio) field hockey player and SAAC co-chair Kelsi White said. “The student-athlete is up-front; they are telling their coach, but also having the leeway a normal student would have to go wherever they need regarding academics and/or sports. We want to make sure we are not limiting student-athletes from pursuing what they need to pursue.”
The second half of the committee’s proposal involves recruiting and it timeline, mostly aimed at moving it back in order to give players more time to develop and receive attention and then more time to make a commitment an ultimately sign. Here is an outline of this part of the proposal, per Barnett.
- No recruiting contact at all before ninth grade.
- Recruits can contact coaches before Jan. 1 of 10th grade, but coaches must wait until the Jan. 1 date, when unlimited text messages and emails (lol) will be allowed — but phone calls and verbal commitments would not.
- Phone calls would begin in 11th grade, but coaches could not accept verbal commitments until Jan. 1 of a prospect’s 11th grade year.
- Signing period should begin in December of a recruit’s senior year (November for other sports) and remain open until August.
Each of these issues have been hot topics this offseason and dating back to the beginning of last season with the Mo Smith to UGA saga. The approval of the new early signing period for recruits before National Signing Day was a new change met with mixed feelings in the SEC. And there are schools blocking transfers this summer.
The SAAC’s proposal will now head to the DI Student-Athlete Experience Committee before moving into the process of NCAA evaluation.