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NCAA Expected To Pass New Guidelines Restricting Transfer Waiver Approval

A referee's outfit for an NCAA Tournament game.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 19: An NCAA patch is seen on a referee's shirt during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Hampton Pirates at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The NCAA appeared to be on the right track when it comes to allowing athletes in major sports to transfer and gain eligibility immediately for their new program.

Until now.

According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, the NCAA will meet in Indianapolis on Wednesday to discuss proposed new guidelines, which include an update to directions for decisions on whether waiver requests should be granted.

Here's more from the report:

The NCAA Division I council is expected to approve a package of new guidelines that could make it more difficult for college football and basketball players who transfer to receive immediate eligibility via waivers, according to a document obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

The NCAA instituted a new policy in 2018-19 allowing waivers to be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Former Georgia transfer Justin Fields received immediate eligibility at Ohio State. Not long after, Tate Martell received immediate eligibility for Miami after transferring from Ohio State.

However, the process did not work for former Georgia tight end Luke Ford, who transferred to Illinois to be closer to his ailing grandfather - a move the NCAA receive hefty criticism for.

Perhaps the organization wants to avoid backlash on a case-by-case basis by instituting its new rules. However, most of the reaction to today's new isn't great for the NCAA.

Stay tuned for an official announcement.