Starting this season, Division I student athletes will be able to talk with other schools regarding potential transfers without the permission of their current school or coaches.
The Division I Council is referring to this system as the “notification-of-transfer” model.
Once an athlete makes their school aware of their desire to transfer, the school is required to enter the player in a national transfer database within two business days.
This system will help empower student athletes by allowing them to transfer and receive scholarships.
Former Coastal Carolina football player Nicholas Clark said, “this creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent.”
The previous transfer rule requiring athletes to receive was in place so that Division I coaches wouldn't openly recruit from other Division I schools.
According to USA Today, Kansas State Football Coach Bill Snyder faced backlash last year for blocking 35 transfer requests from one player.
The new transfer rule will go into effect October 15.