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NCAA Announces Decision On 1-Time Transfer Rule

Joe Burrow warms up before the national title game in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers looks on prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NCAA announced on Wednesday night a decision on the one-time transfer exemption rule, via an official release.

The one-time transfer exemption rule will not be in place for the 2020-21 college season, but it could be made official for 2021-22.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that a new transfer resolution will be approved by January 2021. The Division 1 Council announced that it plans to "adopt by January a comprehensive legislative package creating uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports."

This is a significant step for college athletics. A one-time transfer exemption rule would allow for major athletes to transfer from one school to another and not have to sit out a full year.

Currently, athletes are only allowed to play immediately if they're graduate transfers, or if they get a waiver from the NCAA.

The one-time transfer rule won't be in place for 2020-21, but it looks like it could be for 2021-22.

From the NCAA:

The Council committed to work with conferences, schools, the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Division I Committee on Academics and other committees to form a permanent legislative solution

Currently, Division I rules permit student-athletes in all sports except baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football and men’s ice hockey to immediately compete after a first transfer. Reliance on the waiver process for student-athletes in those five sports has put enormous strain on a historically collaborative process built to handle extenuating circumstances.

You can view the full release here.