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  1. Mods -- I wasn't sure where to put this. Move it if you think it should go somewhere else. Approximately 1/3 of all student athletes transfer schools at least once. ONE THIRD! In October 2019, the Big 10, with the support of all its ADs, issued a proposal to the NCAA that would allow athletes from any sport to transfer one time without having to sit out a year, as is the current rule in football and basketball and a few other sports. If I understand it correctly (I could be wrong in my interpretation), the proposed change would allow student athletes to transfer to any school they want, even conference competitors. The Big 10 proposed change to transfer rule was first reported by CBS. Article Here. At their conference meeting last week, the ACC voted unanimously to support the proposal. They issued a statement Monday (yesterday) that said -- “During the league’s annual winter meetings (February 12-14) the ACC discussed the transfer environment and unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes regardless of sport. As a conference, we look forward to continuing the discussion nationally.” News article here. It will be interesting to see whether other conferences support the idea. At present, the transfer process has been erratic, with some players ruled that they can play immediately and others that they must sit. It is this uneven administration of waivers that has partially driven the new proposal, along with a goal of more fair treatment of athletes. Two years ago, the SEC resisted the idea of "free agency" transfer rule changes. Article here. Saban has already come out as a critic of liberalizing the transfer process. He thinks it is already too liberal. Article here. However, the NCAA is already moving forward in discussion of the issue. They've established a working group to review the issue and report back on it. If the NCAA comes to final resolution, the new rule could be taken up this year and implemented in 2021. Article here. Of course, many coaches are in meltdown. But the slow "liberalization" of transfer rules has been underway for several years. The PAC12 eliminated transfer barriers between member schools two years ago, eliminating the power of coaches to block transfers within the conference. A lot of the media consider this change in the rules to be inevitable, and that -- like it or not -- coaches will have to adapt. We've discussed transfer issues many times before on this board. And with mixed opinions. But at this point, it looks like there is a very good chance this new rule will be coming next year. I'm not asking your opinion about whether you LIKE it or not. I'm curious what effect you think it will have, in reality, on the way recruiting is handled, the way coaches build their teams, depth ---- but most of all, how parity and competitiveness is affected with easy transfers.