How eliminating the permission-to-contact rule gave hundreds of college football players a second chance at reaching their full potential.
As of October 15, 2018, players 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 players 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 players 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 players by giving them free rein to speak with whoever they choose.
With the new system in place, all the players 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 last fall players from every conference have been packing their bags and moving across the country in hopes of reaching their full potential before their four short years of eligibilty are up.
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|
|Brandon Wimbush||Notre Dame||UCF|
|Braxton Burmeister||Oregon||Virginia Tech|
|Connor Neville||Washington State||East Mississippi CC|
|Gage Grubard||Eastern Washington||Washington State|
|Gunnar Hoak||Kentucky||Ohio State|
|Jalen Chatman||Rutgers||Portland State|
|John Langan||Boston College||Rutgers|
|Jordan Travis||Louisville||Florida State|
|Josh Jackson||Virginia Tech||Maryland|
|Justin Fields||Georgia||Ohio State|
|Layne Hatcher||Alabama||Arkansas State|
|Nick Starkel||Texas A&M||Arkansas|
|Riley Neal||Ball State||Vanderbilt|
|Ross Bowers||Cal||Northern Illinois|
|Tate Martell||Ohio State||Miami|
|Ty Storey||Arkansas||Western Kentucky|