Report: NCAA approves one-time transfer rule

Doug Holleman

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NCAA athletes in all sports will be allowed to transfer one time this offseason without penalty, according to a report from The Athletic. Every player who transferred over the offseason will be ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA. 

At this time, the one-time transfer rule is expected to only apply for one season. However, the NCAA is working on long-term legislation to address the issue. 

The decision, which will be officially announced at the end of the NCAA's Division I Council meeting on Thursday, will have a significant impact on Texas college football in 2021. The decision means that underclassman transfers like Texas State QB Ty Evans, Texas LB Ovie Oghoufo and Houston DT Latrell Bankston will be immediately eligible for the 2021 season. 

Hundreds of FBS players entered the transfer portal over the offseason, a trend that was only exacerbated by the NCAA granting a fifth year of eligibility to all participants in the abbreviated Fall 2020 football season. Texas State notably did not sign a single high school recruit, opting to instead add 11 transfers. 

The decision will also impact basketball transfers, who will be able to transfer and be immediately eligible at their next stop. 

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