NCAA Transfer Portal: Winners & Losers

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Transfer portal? Sounds like something straight out of a 1990’s sci-fi movie right? In the world of NCAA football we really never know nowadays.

From rule changes to wether or not college athletes should get paid its truly a never ending black hole of controversy. And it’s about to get worse.

Since October, 2018, NCAA student athletes have had the ability to enter their names in what is called the transfer portal. The transfer portal gives student athletes the ability to transfer to a different university and receive scholarship without having to ask their current program or coach for permission.

In order to fully understand what effects this change will have we need to look at it from two different angles. From the coaches point of view and from the student athletes point of view.


Immediate Information for Coaches


Coaches will now have the ease of logging on to the transfer portal and browse through thousands of players that are willing to transfer schools, essentially scouting them to see if they want to recruit the athletes to join their program.

This will also allow programs to terminate the scholarships of players who have entered their names in the portal and allow the schools to award those scholarships to incoming freshmen or transfers.

Sounds pretty good right?

Now the harsh part for these coaches. Coaches cannot prevent the transfer of a player that has entered the portal and been granted scholarship from another institution. So imagine if you’re a school that has a great young backup quarterback but your team just went 4-9. He can basically enter the portal get recruited by another team and you’re left without that young talent. Thats the danger that the transfer portal can eventually bring upon coaches and programs.


Leveled Playing Field for Student Athletes


When it comes to student athletes they can declare an intent to transfer by entering their names on the transfer portal and remain enrolled at their current university but they will still be able to communicate with coaches at possible transfer destinations.

Before this change, athletes would need permission from their current program to talk to other schools. This basically makes athletes free agents in this regard.

It’s also important to note that in order for players to play immediately after they transfer they must have graduated from their previous school, for example, Jalen Hurts will be eligible to play immediately. If not they will have to wait a year to become eligible.

In my opinion, the student athletes are the big winners here. It gives them more freedom and it also gives them leverage. They can enter the portal and see how bad their coaches really want them to stay in the program.

When you add all of this up we are witnessing what could possibly be the start of major changes in the collegiate sports world.



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