Significant changes could be on the way for the NCAA and its student-athlete transfer rules, according to a CBSSports.com report.
On Tuesday, the outlet reported that it had received a copy of a proposal created by Baylor law professor Jeremy Counseller and Iowa State molecular pharmacology professor Tim Day. Day is also a member of the NCAA Council.
The two serve as faculty athletic representatives for their schools, and have shared their proposal with the Big 12 Conference.
According to the guidelines of the proposal, athletes would be allowed to transfer schools, unrestricted, if their coach were fired or left for another job. However, the athlete would not be allowed to join that coach at his next program.
Athletes would also be allowed to transfer without sitting out a season (a rule currently mandated by the NCAA) in the event that the NCAA punishes their program with a postseason ban.
The academic “year in residence” rule for transfers in every other situation would remain in place and apply to the same previous five NCAA sports: hockey, baseball, football and men’s and women’s basketball.
The full copy of the proposal given to CBSSports.com can be viewed here.
The report also says that Big 12 officials are currently in the process of distributing the proposal to other schools, and are pursuing an ongoing dialogue about the topic.
“I think it’s a phenomenal idea,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said of the document. “There’s holes in it. There will always be, but it’s the best thing I’ve seen out there so far. It’s a lot better than where we are heading.”