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The next step for the future of SEC football is finally here after the conference’s Board of Presidents and Chancellors approved immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers—allowing players to bounce from one school to the next within the conference without penalty or waiting period.
The decision is expected to create a frenzy of transfers and allow for the immediate eligibility of trending names like Arik Gilbert and Brandon Turnage.
The move largely opens up the prospect for players embedded in deep rosters across the SEC to seek opportunities within the conference rather than foregoing a transfer because the process is so grueling.
On the flip side, the ruling also brings some trepidation for programs and coaching staffs that foresee issues with retaining players.
The Board of Presidents and Chancellors released the following statement:
“The Southeastern Conference announced it will allow immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers following a vote today by the SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors.
The change in policy, which takes effect immediately, will better align with NCAA legislation adopted in April 2021 that established a universal one-time transfer opportunity applicable to student-athletes across all sports.
As a result of the SEC’s new policy, student-athletes who transfer directly within the Conference will no longer be required to serve an automatic year in residence at their new school before being eligible for competition.”
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey commented on the new rule dictating transfers’ fate within the conference for seasons to come: “While maintaining the expectation that coaches and others avoid improper recruiting, this change will ensure that student-athletes who enroll at an SEC member institution will enjoy the flexibility afforded to other student-athletes across the nation.”
Sankey added, “The SEC has established a deadline for declaring an intention to transfer in Fall sports as February 1 in order to create time windows that are more consistent across Fall, Winter and Spring sports.”
Tennessee Vols’ offensive lineman Cade Mays made news last season when he opted out of opting out once the SEC voted to grant Mays’ eligibility in his first season as a transfer.
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Since the NCAA was allowing it, it would be silly to funnel other conferences players by keeping the rule…got to play by the rules they created. I still think it’s going to hurt more kids than help…I understand the portal is jammed with players with few takers.