As has been the expectation for months, the NCAA on Wednesday approved new legislation regarding transfer rules.

Yet the new regulations fell well short of the sweeping change being championed a little more fervently each school year.

The NCAA's Transfer Working Group, which includes Colorado athletic director Rick George, loosened some restrictions for student-athletes, eliminating the requirement of permission from their current school before being able to receive a scholarship from any new school.

Conferences still will have the flexibility to enforce their own intra-conference transfer rules.

The rule change is an attempt to eliminate the practice of coaches or other school administrators of restricting where a student-athlete can explore his or her new options. In order to help prevent potential tampering incidents, such occurrences have been increased to Level 2 NCAA violations.

The new rule will be bolstered by the creation of a database, accessible to all NCAA member institutions, listing those student-athletes intending to transfer.

"There are two things on the transfer rules, and the first is the notification of transfer going into effect," George said prior to Wednesday's announcement. "The second thing is the database. Putting the student-athlete's name in the database after giving notification. Those will be a couple of things that we'll vote on and discuss.


"The total package will take us a longer time. Post-graduate transfers, all those kinds of things. We've still got a lot of work to do on the undergraduate transfers at this point. There's a lot ahead of us."

While the new rule certainly loosens some of the shackles facing student-athletes who wish to transfer, changes that might eliminate the year-in-residency requirement for undergraduate transfers in the top revenue sports of basketball and football were tabled for further discussion.

There has been mounting speculation the NCAA would adopt uniform transfer rules, either requiring athletes in all sports to sit out a season — a proposal that has not been popular among coaches in sports like volleyball and soccer, where immediate eligibility after transferring has been the longstanding norm — to a model in which the year on the sideline is eliminated in football and basketball.

George said those proposed changes aren't off the table. The Transfer Working Group simply wants to compile more information before enacting what would be a momentous change to the NCAA landscape.

"We're going to be talking obviously about a lot of things relative to the transfers, and there's still more information we have to get as far as the academics and input from conferences around the country," George said. "As we get that information from their spring and summer meetings, that will be a lot of our discussion points this fall."

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