NCAA to allow one time transfer without sitting out a year

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - MARCH 18: Joseph Yesufu #1 of the Drake Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the Wichita State Shockers in the First Four round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Mackey Arena on March 18, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Hancock/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The NCAA has finally approved a one time transfer in D1 basketball and football.

One of the worst kept secrets in college sports has finally been let out of the bag.

The NCAA will allow a one time transfer waiver to all players in D1 basketball and football looking to change schools prior to graduation.

For many years, the rule has been that a player must sit out one season following a transfer from one school to another but after years of speculation that will finally change.

The one time transfer will take effect starting this fall.

Many pundits feel this could have a negative effect on college sports with so much player movement in and out of programs.

However, the rule will have benefits for both major college programs as well as the mid-majors in basketball or the group of five schools in football.

The negative for smaller programs is the fear that any player who has a big season will simply jump to a bigger school the following season.

However, there will still be plenty of players who didn’t get the playing time they thought at a bigger school and will now have the opportunity to play immediately for a smaller school without sitting out and wasting another year.

Regardless, it will take a few years to truly gage the effects of the one time transfer.

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Chris McKee is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association and has done play-by-play for Fox Sports, Sky Sports, One Soccer, CBC Sports and TSN radio calling professional, college and high school basketball, volleyball and soccer. You can see him in the CBC TV series "Anyone's Game" as the voice of Orangeville Prep. He also works as a traffic reporter in Toronto for TSN 1050, 97.7 HTZ FM, Jazz FM 91, 610 CKTB, Funny 820, Bounce 102.9, Move 105.7, Newstalk 1010 and more. Host of 'This Week in Golf' on Newstalk Sauga 960 & studio host for LIV Golf. Prior to working in sports, McKee was an award winning music agent and concert promoter for 20 years having produced concerts for the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones and many more. Author of the book "Life on the road with the Wu-Tang Clan."