NCAA opts to put changes in transfer rules on the shelf -- for now

If you wanted a change in the transfer model in college basketball, you'll have to wait a while still.

A massive NCAA convention is taking place in San Diego this week, and at that convention there are myriad meetings and legislative to-dos taking place. On Thursday, the group responsible for making change regarding transfers -- the Leadership Council -- bypassed the opportunity to alter any transfer rules.

Originally the hope was to make drastic changes to the current setup, but as we shared two weeks ago, that vision was thinned down to a shake-up in grad transfers and an across-the-board protocol for all players from being eligible to play immediately upon enrolling at a new school. There was speculation this proposal had a decent shot at getting an overhaul. That won't be the case.

USA Today is on the scene in sunny San Diego.

"(This proposal) is where we felt we could, maybe not reduce the number of transfers, but hopefully ensure that the student-athletes who are transferring are making the right decision and not doing it just because, 'School A has promised me they're going to get me a waiver and School B hasn't said anything,' " Amy Huchthausen, the America East commissioner and transfer issue subcommittee chair, told USA Today Sports on Thursday.
Because the leadership council will not recommend the policy to the Board of Directors on Saturday, the next opportunity for the waiver issue to be addressed will be in April at the next leadership council meeting.

Huchthausen said the definitive nature of the proposal, that the language allowed for no exceptions for players who sought immediate eligibility, probably was its reasoning for failing to pass. She added that it's not an absolute front-stove topic in college athletics right now but "it's still a big issue, and it's started to impact the culture of men's basketball, and that is significant."

Which is totally true. And it's a new kind of economy for coaches looking to beef up their programs every year. Transfer lists have become shopping lists, and seeking immediate eligibility on players that coaches believe can have true impact is like finding a cherished item on sale.

NCAA data released in the past week stated that 39 of 62 undergrad basketball players were granted immediate eligibility after they presented a waiver with their reasoning for wanting to not sit out the custom redshirt year. That's a 63-percent success rate. That number makes a lot of people skeptical, and is the reason why there's a push for reform.

The next possible chance this rule will have at making it to the NCAA's Board of Directors is in April.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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