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NCAA grants blanket waiver for transfer eligibility in college basketball

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The NCAA will allow all transfer student-athletes immediate eligibility for the current men's and women's college basketball season, the association announced on Wednesday. 

All student-athletes who were enrolled full-time, transferred for the first time and are/were in good academic standing at both institutions will be allowed to play. This will not apply for transfers transferring from non-Division I programs into a Division I school. 

Initially, the blanket waiver is only for the current year and a response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Division I Council hopes this will allow student-athletes some academic flexibility during a challenging period. 

“The Council continued its trend of voting in favor of maximum flexibility for student-athletes during the pandemic,” council chair M. Grace Calhoun said in a statement. “Allowing transfer student-athletes to compete immediately will provide additional opportunities to student-athletes during this continued difficult time, and perhaps allow games to be played that otherwise might not have been.”

The proposal was made by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and gained support quickly. 

Already the NCAA is granting all student-athletes another season of competition due to the oddity of playing during the fall 2020 term. This year will not count against a student-athlete's four-year eligibility period.

With the number of transfer waivers approved this year, it would appear that the NCAA was quite liberal in granting them this year.

Men's hockey and football rejected the motion for this year.

The current transfer rule requires one to sit-out or redshirt a season only applies to men's and women's basketball, football, baseball, and men's ice hockey. For a long time, student-athletes and critics have been outspoken against the rule. So much momentum has recently been gained to remove it that the NCAA will vote on granting a one-time transfer waiver for all student-athletes in January 2021.