In college athletics, players have always been allowed to transfer. Transferring was designed for players to be able to continue their athletic careers at a different college than they originally began to play. It lets players find the school that is the best fit for them even after they enrolled. College sports are not considered a business for the players, but the pro leagues are. In the pros, players can be traded from team to team as a business decision.
Transferring has gotten a lot of buzz in college sports with the way that the NCAA enforces it. Notable college football players such as Jacob Eason, Justin Fields, and Tate Martell transferred simply because they weren’t getting the playing time they felt they deserved. Eason was forced to follow the NCAA rule of sitting out his first season after transferring, however, Fields and Martell were allowed to play immediately after transferring. To backtrack on the NCAA’s judgment, Georgia player Luke Ford was denied a transfer request after he placed his request to return home to Illinois to be with his sick grandfather.
The transfer rule is completely flawed and it could ruin college sports. Players have been transferring for years, but typically there were special reasons for those players to transfer. With big-name players able to leave their school after their first year of not getting playing time, and lesser-known players not being able to leave for personal reasons, college sports are becoming more like a business. The NCAA needs to rework their review process for transfer requests, otherwise they will continue to be bashed by fans for allowing big players to leave whenever, and lesser players to be stuck no matter the reason they need to leave.