In a move that totally makes sense and should have been enacted long ago, the NCAA actually did something right:
Transfers may now leave without asking their current school for permission. Under this new “notification-of-transfer” model, student-athletes will have their names entered into a national database, and coaches from other programs can then reach out to gauge interest.
In other words, the power now rests in the right hands: with the student-athlete, not the program which previously had the option of placing stringent and unfair limits on which schools the transfer could consider.
The Division I Council did warn that conferences can still place limitations “that are more restrictive than the national rule.” That’s unfortunate. The new rule should be universal – meaning every league should allow transfers without any limitations.