In this file photo, BYU basketball head coach Mark Pope yells as the Cougars play the San Francisco Dons in the West Coast Conference tournament. The NCAA transfer will likely get an influx of talent this week. Can BYU capitalize?

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The NCAA transfer portal has changed the way collegiate athletics programs are made and maintained.

High school recruiting still matters, but any team that needs an addition of talent — be it for a quick fix or developmental prospects — can head to the transfer portal and find no shortage of athletes in search of a new home.

At the end of this week, the number of available athletes in the transfer portal will almost assuredly have gone up significantly, too.

Why is this week important when it comes to the NCAA transfer portal?

This week is the final week that athletes who participate in fall or winter sports — football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, etc. — can take advantage of the one-time transfer exception and be immediately eligible next season.

Per the NCAA, in order to transfer without a waiver — waivers are awarded on a case-by-case basis — athletes “must provide their current school with a written request to enter the NCAA transfer (portal) by May 1.”


College transfer portal is turning into a mass transit player migration

Any athlete who requests to transfer after May 1 — unless they compete in a spring sport — will have to work with the NCAA in order to become eligible to compete in …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


NCAA transfer portal deadline is this week. What does that mean for BYU, Utah, Utah State?

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