NCAA Transfer Rules Football

FILE - North Carolina coach Mack Brown speaks prior to his players participating in the school's Pro Day football workout for NFL scouts in Chapel Hill, N.C., in this Monday, March 29, 2021, file photo. The NCAA made it official Thursday, announcing the Division I Council had voted to approve a proposal that would permit all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season. “There's over 2,000 kids that went into the football transfer portal,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. “The last update that I got was that only 37% had a place to go.”(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

(AP) - The NCAA has officially approved a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season.

The exception that has been available to athletes in most college sports for years will now also be available to football, men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey and baseball players.

Some in college sports, especially football, worry about potential consequences. Those include fewer scholarships available to high school recruits; power programs poaching players from small schools; and rosters turning over quicker than coaches can keep up.

The change takes effect in September.

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