“I don’t think there is any question about that,” Sweeney said before asking a rhetorical question. “If I was the head coach and anyone could leave at any time, would that be complicated for you? There you go.”
Sweeney was referring to the NCAA’s Division I board’s recommendation last month to scrap the one-time transfer rule that was put in place a year ago. Student-athletes are currently allowed to transfer once in their undergraduate career and be eligible immediately at another school.
Under previous NCAA regulations, athletes had to sit for a year before they were eligible to transfer. But if the current rule was eliminated, they would be able to move as many times as they liked without penalty.
Players can also move on whenever they want, although athletes playing fall sports are required to enter the gate by May 1 to maintain their immediate eligibility while the deadline for spring sports athletes is July 1. The NCAA suggests “entry windows,” which will be specific time periods during which athletes are required to enter the gate to be immediately eligible at their new school.
The Division I Board of Directors has yet to adopt the Board’s recommendations for them to become official, which is not a foregone conclusion. The board reportedly held its most recent meeting on Wednesday and did not act on the unlimited transfers’ recommendation.
Sweeney said he tries not to spend time thinking about things that may or may not happen in the changing landscape of college athletics, even if they continue to frustrate him.
“That is what it is. We don’t have a lot of organization in college football at the moment,” Sweeney said. That’s my focus because I don’t have any control over any of those things, so I don’t have to worry about that. I’m just focusing on my buddies, Clemson and getting ready for Georgia Tech.”
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