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Desmond Howard Is "Not A Fan" Of Current Transfer Portal Rules

ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Desmond Howard of ESPN College Football before the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners on January 1, 2018, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard has joined the growing list of outspoken opposers of the current NCAA transfer portal rules.

“I’m just not a fan of the trajectory of college football right now. I do not like where it's heading," the former Michigan star said during ESPN's NFL draft coverage on Saturday.

"There needs to be some kind of rules and regulations behind it," he added.

Under the current NCAA "one-time" transfer rules, players can transfer to a new school without having to sit out for a season. Since this rule change took place in April 2021, the college football landscape has evolved into a free-for-all of players switching teams.

New name, image and likeness (NIL) rules have also altered the college football world. Howard believes this change is ultimately a good thing, but it's also "a double-edged sword."

"I've been pounding the table for guys to get NIL money because I think they deserve it," he said. "But when you just place it in our lap with no real rules, no regulations and say 'Here, have it it.' It becomes the Wild Wild West."

More than 3,600 FBS players entered the transfer portal in the past year.