Bill Moos regards the NCAA’s rule change that eases restrictions on athlete transfers as being a starting point of sorts.
“To tell you the truth, I think it’s just the very beginning of a broader reform,” the first-year Nebraska athletic director said Wednesday.
Moos said the new rule makes sense from a student-athlete’s standpoint, “because there were schools that were all over the place in regards to allowing athletes to have a chance to explore another option.”
Bottom line, “Change was coming,” he said. “The wording on this change is solid.”
Effective Oct. 15, college athletes no longer will need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. Under the new rule, athletes will be permitted to be contacted by other schools when they notify their current coaches, who then will have two days to enter athletes' names into an NCAA-managed database that will alert schools who can be recruited.
The change comes with stricter tampering rules to help appease coaches with concerns that illegal recruiting could occur.
“At the end of the day, it will probably cause us to see more transfers than we have in the past — and there have been plenty in the past,” Moos said.
Even with the new rule in place, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league. But Moos hopes that doesn’t occur.
“If that student-athlete feels he or she wants to compete closer to home, hey, you might as well let them do it,” he said.
Does Moos envision a day when student-athletes can transfer without a year-in-residence requirement — that is, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools?
“I hope it never happens,” he said. “I think that’s one thing that separates us from free agency like professional leagues have.”
In fact, Moos said, he thinks the year-in-residency rule should apply to all sports. As it stands, golfers, tennis players and other athletes in non-revenue sports can transfer one time without sitting out.
“I think whatever we do should be consistent across the board, because this thing has been jockeyed around with and played with for 50 years,” he said.
Nebraska first-year football coach Scott Frost said in February he’s adamantly opposed to athletes being able to transfer without restriction for any reason.
"I think that would be a terrible idea," he said. "If you let kids transfer with no penalty, the can of worms you're going to be opening isn't worth it. I promise you, the way recruiting is right now, if you have no penalty (for transferring), there are going to be schools sending representatives to other schools' campuses to recruit them off their team."
Frost expressed other reasons for concern.
"Really, in order to coach a kid well, sometimes you have to tell them things that they don't want to hear," he said. "It would take away from your ability to coach if you're having to recruit the kid even while he's still on campus, just to keep him from other teams."