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By: Joe Cook and Justin Wells
The Big 12 has eliminated Conference Rule 6.3 requiring student-athletes to forfeit a year of eligibility if they are intraconference transfers, sources tell Inside Texas. Eligibility of transfers from one Big 12 school to another will be determined solely by NCAA guidelines.
The decision was relayed to Big 12 member institutions and made effective Monday following a Big 12 Board of Director’s meeting and approval from the conference’s faculty athletics representatives.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council reportedly approved new transfer rules that would allow undergraduate student-athletes a one-time, penalty-free transfer. The NCAA has not formally announced the uniform transfer exception but is expected to do so later in the week.
As a result, the barrier to immediate eligibility for players such as TCU’s Chandler Morris would no longer exist. A source tells Inside Texas the elimination of the intraconference transfer rule also applies retroactively. A student-athlete still in his/her five-year window of eligibility who previously lost a season of competition because of Conference Rule 6.3 may gain that season back, according to the guidelines.
The conference’s rule gained attention recently when Oklahoma football head coach Lincoln Riley refused to sign a waiver granting Morris immediate eligibility at TCU. The NCAA previously mandated student-athletes had to complete a year in residence before they gained eligibility and Conference Rule 6.3 adhered to those standards. The NCAA’s new legislation lifts the year in residence rule if student-athletes meet the requirements to transfer without penalty.
The NCAA rule could be applied for anyone seeking a new home for the 2021-22 academic year. However, student-athletes who have already transferred from one four-year institution to another do not fall under the new guidelines.