Is College Basketball Facing a Transfer Epidemic?

Dick Vitale has the latest in the never-ending series of articles decrying college basketball’s “transfer epidemic”. Most of Vitale’s complaints are in the same vein as others who have remarked on the issue. Too many players are taking the easy way out. The graduate transfer rule is being abused. Movement by coaches is fueling the […]

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Untangling the SEC’s Graduate Transfer Mess

Contrary to popular belief and a headline that I will not blame CBS’s Jon Solomon for, the SEC never “banned” graduate transfers. The SEC rule passed back in 2011 and likely prompted by Jeremiah Masoli’s transfer from Oregon to Mississippi after being dismissed from the Ducks football team was that transfers who had graduated were […]

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Incoming NJCAA President Proposes Three Years of Eligibility

J. Levi Burnfin of the Garden City Telegram on a big idea from incoming National Junior College Athletic Association president Bryce Roderick: “One of the things that we’re working on, and one of the things I’ll visit on with our presidents, too, in the Jayhawk Conference, is a third year of eligibility,” Roderick said. This […]

New Interpretations Philosophy Brings Common Sense To NCAA Rules

Two months ago, the NCAA sent a memo outlining a significant change in how Division I institutions should interpret and apply NCAA rules. The new interpretations philosophy is the result of a collaborative effort between the NCAA’s academic and membership affairs (AMA) and enforcement staffs, the Conference Commissioners Association Compliance Administrators (CCACA), and the National […]

NCAA Not Limiting New Meals Proposal

When the NCAA membership passed Proposal 2013-31-B and permitted institutions much more discretion to feed athletes, institutions immediately began to ask exactly what “meals and snacks incidental to participation” meant. Celebrity chefs, athlete-only dining halls, 24-hour meal service, even breakfast in bed were all brought up. While institutions wanted more freedom to feed athletes, they […]

SEC Overthinking Graduate Transfer Rule

Jon Solomon of CBS Sports with a story on how the SEC is considering a change to its graduate transfer rule at the behest of South Carolina: Allow all graduate-student transfers to play immediately in the SEC. Let all graduate-student transfers play immediately in the SEC except in football. “The sport of football is excluded […]

Leticia Romero and “Releases”

Writing for the Daily News Journal, Adam Sparks reports on an interesting twist in the staring contest between Kansas State and Leticia Romero: But according to reports, Kansas State accidentally gave permission for Middle Tennessee State University to contact Romero because of a “clerical error” — meaning the Lady Raiders are apparently the only program […]

Cooperation May Save Early Signing Period

When the ACC announced its preference for an early signing period starting on August 1 for football players, I was ready to take the idea apart. The combination of the terms of the NLI and current football recruiting rules made a big mess likely. Transfer rates and release requests would have gone up without coaches […]

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Romero Case Enters a Bizarre Yet Understandable State

For the past few weeks, the battle between Leticia Romero and Kansas State over her permission-to-contact other schools had been getting increasingly tense. Public support was lining up behind Romero, who also retained an attorney. But now tense has become bizarre: [Kansas State athletic director John] Currie also said that he spoke with new Kansas […]

Howard Found to Lack Institutional Control

On Tuesday the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced its first decision since November 2013 when it found that Howard University lacked institutional control of its athletics department. The violations centered around allowing athletes to use their book scholarships for impermissible items and the track programs use of an individual deemed a representative of […]

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