ACC to allow athletes to transfer within conference without having to sit out a year
Another domino in the fight for student empowerment in college athletics fell Monday when the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced the elimination of the league's intraconference transfer rule, meaning players can transfer from one ACC school to another without having to sit out from competition for a full season.
The league's Board of Directors arrived at the decision unanimously, per the conference.
“The time has come for all student-athletes to have the opportunity to transfer and be permitted to compete immediately,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “This decision is in the best interest of our student-athletes as it allows greater flexibility during their collegiate career.”
Previously, athletes were immediately eligible under the condition they had graduated from the previous institution.