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MM 10.29: NCAA in favor of transfer exception, suspending APR penalties

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The Division I Board of Directors confirmed its strong support for a proposal that would allow all transfer student-athletes to immediately compete at their new school on Wednesday.

“It’s time to provide uniform transfer flexibility to Division I student-athletes,” board chair Denise Trauth said in an NCAA statement.

The lengthy process Maryland basketball went through to receive an eligibility waiver for transfer forward Jairus Hamilton is a great example of why new transfer rules may be needed. The team finally received Hamilton’s waiver on Tuesday.

The board also suspended its academic progress rate (APR) penalties, which can lead to postseason bans for schools that fail to meet academic standards, for two years.

The APR was founded in 2003 as a way to track the academic progress of schools closer to realtime, much sooner than graduation rates would appear. With 1,000 being a perfect score, teams are required to maintain a score over 930, roughly a 50 percent graduation rate, in order to avoid sanctions.

Maryland athletics had a record 11 programs achieve perfect APR scores for the 2018-19 academic year, the most recent data.

The Division I Council plans to vote on the transfer proposal during its January 2021 meeting.

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