OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) — Four days after the NCAA Committee on Infractions levied its punishment on Ole Miss, the football program is making a chance to the player transfer restrictions.
The athletics department announced Tuesday that it will remove any transferring restrictions, changing course from the reported rules that players were open to transfer to any school outside of the SEC and on Ole Miss’ schedule for the next two seasons.
Yahoo Sport’s Pat Forde was the first to report the story.
Ole Miss released this response on the transfer restrictions:
“As far as the limitations initially placed on the permission to contact, the restrictions are common. Until we were notified this morning, none of the student-athletes had communicated they were unhappy with those restrictions. Frankly, if they had any objections and a legitimate reason to seek transfer to one of the limited schools, we would ordinarily work through those issues with the student-athlete and his family. The student-athlete’s best interest is always the priority. Coach [Matt] Luke and Ross Bjork discussed the matter this morning. To be consistent, they are removing any restrictions on their permission to contact for all those who have requested permission. Our compliance office has reached out to the student-athletes to let them know.”
Although the transfer restrictions have been lifted, the transferring school still needs to seek a waiver from the NCAA. If players are to request a transfer to a school in the SEC, that school would also have to seek a waiver from the conference under conference rules.