How eliminating the permission-to-contact rule caused a transfer tsunami

As of October 15, 2018, student-athletes desiring to transfer to another Division 1 football program can do so without fear of being blocked by their current school. Over recent decades there’s been a number of coaches who misused the NCAA’s permission-to-contact rule to prevent their players from transferring. The old rule virtually gave coaches total control over their players’ college career by making any contact between student-athletes on his roster and another school a serious NCAA violation.

The NCAA defended it’s old stance by claiming the rule was only “intended to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools.” In practice, however, the rule created a blockade for would-be transfers hoping to find a school where they’d be a better fit. The new rule strips the schools of their power and essentially hands it over to the student-athletes by giving them free rein to speak with whoever they choose.

With the new system in place, all the student-athletes have to do is inform their current school that they plan on transferring and the school has 2 business days to enter their name into a database of players that can officially be recruited by other Division 1 football programs. In effect, this database is the transfer portal and since it went live on October 15, 2018, there’s been a significant spike in transfers, most notably at the quarterback position.

A complete list of every Division 1 quarterback that has officially changed schools since the beginning of the 2018 football season. (5/7/19)

Quarterback Previous School New School
Alex Delton Kansas State TCU
Alex Hornibrook Wisconsin Florida State
Austin Kendall Oklahoma West Virginia
Ben Hicks SMU Arkansas
Brandon Wimbush Notre Dame UCF
Braxton Burmeister Oregon Virginia Tech
Cameron Rising Texas Utah
Connor Neville Washington State East Mississippi CC
Devon Modster UCLA California
Gage Grubard Eastern Washington Washington State
Gunnar Hoak Kentucky Ohio State
Jack Tuttle Utah Indiana
Jalen Chatman Rutgers Portland State
Jalen Hurts Alabama Oklahoma
John Langan Boston College Rutgers
Jordan Travis Louisville Florida State
Josh Jackson Virginia Tech Maryland
Justin Fields Georgia Ohio State
Kelly Bryant Clemson Missouri
Layne Hatcher Alabama Arkansas State
Matt Fink USC Illinois
Nick Starkel Texas A&M Arkansas
Riley Neal Ball State Vanderbilt
Ross Bowers Cal Northern Illinois
Shane Buechele Texas SMU
Shawn Robinson TCU Missouri
Tate Martell Ohio State Miami
Ty Storey Arkansas Western Kentucky
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