Local college coaches caution NCAA transfer deregulation

Loper football facing off in their annual inner-team scrimmage on Foster Field. (KHGI)

Any collegiate athletes at the division one level looking to transfer will have a much easier process after this upcoming semester following several policy changes made by the NCAA putting more power in the hands of the jocks.

Starting October 15. student–athletes of any D1 program will no longer need permission from their coaches or athletic departments to contact other schools of interest.

Instead, under the new policy's players are only required to notify their head coach of intensions to transfer, giving the coaches 48 hours to log the athletes name in a data base set up by the NCAA telling other schools this student is available.

Though the change only applies at the division one level, it's brought concern to some local college coaches who worry a rule change at the DII level could hurt college sports in the long run.

"Any time you transfer you lose hours," UNK football coach Josh Lynn said. "When you lose hours it takes longer to graduate and it cost more money, and so, at division II the motto I think is a lot better because we're not able to transfer at will," Lynn continued.

"I think that there's a lot of good and bad I think," UNK softball coach Holly Carnes stated. "Because some players are going to just up and leave. It could become a vicious cycle, you know for DI I think it's good, not so much for DII," Carnes explained.

Since being passed in June 13. the new policies have received support from Scott Frost and Bill Moos.

Meanwhile at the division II level transfer policies currently remain the same, requiring athletes to get full permission to leave and contact other schools.

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