Entries by Informed Athlete

What is an “NCAA-Certified” Recruiting Service?

Some athletic recruiting services promote themselves as “NCAA-Certified” services. So, what does it mean to be “NCAA-Certified?” The NCAA certifies recruiting services ONLY if they are going to be used by the basketball and football programs at a Division I university. Those two sports can’t use a recruiting or scouting service unless it’s been expressly […]

New NCAA Degree Completion Assistance Program

At the recent NCAA Regional Rules Workshop, NCAA staff announced the rollout of a new Degree Completion Assistance Program for former DI basketball athletes who qualify. Effective August 1, 2019, NCAA Division I athletic programs will be required to provide tuition, fees, and books (but not room and board) for their former men’s and women’s […]

NCAA DI Head Coaching Changes and Impact on an Athlete’s Scholarship Status

An NCAA DI head coaching change frequently results in a change to a student-athlete’s scholarship status. This includes student-athletes who have a four-year “guaranteed” scholarship that can’t be reduced for athletic or medical reasons. In those situations, a new DI head coach is allowed to tell student-athletes they can continue on scholarship until they graduate, […]


NCAA DI One-Time Transfer Exception Notifications

Scholarship student-athletes (in sports other than baseball, basketball, football, and men’s ice hockey) who wish to transfer to an NCAA Division I program and be immediately eligible at their new school must meet two conditions: The athlete must be academically eligible at the school they are transferring from. The athletic department your athlete is leaving […]

NCAA DI Transfer Rule Changes for Immediate Eligibility

The NCAA’s DI transfer rule change will help qualified DI non-scholarship student-athletes to be immediately eligible in their first season at a new university. At the recent NCAA Rules Seminar in Indianapolis, I got additional clarification which I’m sharing in this blog post. Walk-on/Non-recruited Transfer Exceptions An athlete transferring to a Division I university next […]

Are you taking classes this summer?

If you are a college athlete who is going to take summer courses from a college or university other than the one you were enrolled this spring, you should keep these points in mind. If you are taking the summer course to gain additional credit hours toward your degree requirements: Check with your academic advisor […]


NCAA Division I Transfer Rule Changes Effective August 1, 2019

As of August 1, 2019, these NCAA DI Transfer Rules will go into effect: Walk-on/Non-Recruited Transfer Exceptions A student-athlete transferring to a Division I university next Fall as an undergraduate can possibly be immediately eligible if: Their previous four-year college provided athletic scholarships in their sport, but the athlete has not received an athletic scholarship, […]