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.
In Other News
Check out this week’s podcast, in which Lila and Matt discuss everything you need to know before Maryland football faces Minnesota on Friday.
Maryland Athletics continues to use its platform to advocate for social justice.
We will stand for what we believe in.— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) October 28, 2020
During Friday's #UMDHomecoming game, @UofMaryland will debut a new game day PSA showing our commitment to doing what's right:
Ending Racism Now. pic.twitter.com/nmUXgoDAKe
Matt covered Wednesday’s Maryland football press conference.
Maryland football's Week Two captains will be OL Jaelyn Duncan, DL Sam Okuayinonu and LB Chance Campbell, head coach Mike Locksley announced.— Matt Levine (@MattLevine__) October 28, 2020
Mike Locksley said that they are still trying to figure out the situation with running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, who did not travel with the team to Northwestern.— Matt Levine (@MattLevine__) October 28, 2020
He added that linebacker Durell Nchami will be out this week with a lower body injury.
Locksley on containing Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman: "It starts with trying to disrupt the timing with the quarterback. You want to create issues in the passing game."— Matt Levine (@MattLevine__) October 28, 2020
He added that Bateman, a projected first round draft pick, will get attention from a safety over the top.
Locksley on playing in an empty Maryland Stadium: "Our focus can't be on external things, it has to start within ourselves and anytime the scoreboard lights come on, it's about competing and playing to a standard. We've got to bring our own juice and energy."— Matt Levine (@MattLevine__) October 28, 2020
The Big Ten has its first cancelation of the 2020 season, which will not be rescheduled due to the tight schedule.
This weekend's football game between Wisconsin and Nebraska becomes the first Big Ten game cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) October 28, 2020
The Badgers have reportedly had 12 positive tests within their program, including multiple QBs, staffers and head coach Paul Chryst. https://t.co/SlP3TneuNI
Maryland volleyball and women’s lacrosse showed out at the Xfinity Center polling site.
Maryland women’s lacrosse posted shots from the team’s latest practice.