The times sure are a-changing. If sources are to be believed, that is. That’s because, according to them, the NCAA Division I Council has voted to change the rule that states that players must sit out a season upon a ‘lateral’ transfer. This will be for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, and for baseball as well. All other sports already had this rule in place, so it doesn’t appear any changes will be necessary. Previously, players were ineligible with little to no exceptions.
In the past couple of years, though, they had softened their stances greatly, with the organization granting ‘hardship waivers’ to players, thus not requiring them to wait. But those only came inconsistently, allowing some to play right away and others to simply sit and wait. Now, all of those rules look to be scrapped for a one-time switch. So, it’s not as if a player will be able to make multiple jumps without consequence. This looks like it’s just another step toward a less amateur college sports landscape, doesn’t it?