College Football Coaches Association Proposes Transfer Windows

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — College football coaches will propose transfer windows in the late fall and spring to help with roster management on the transfer portal.

Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Tuesday that his group would like two transfer windows for players to enter their names on the portal: one from the last Sunday in November to the signing date. early in mid-December, and another from April 15 to May 1. Both windows would coincide with periods of contact in recruitment. Players will not be required to transfer, only to enter the portal during designated time periods.

The NCAA transfer portal, which debuted in October 2018, does not currently have specific windows for the move. The only deadline is that players must notify schools that they will be entering the portal by May 1 of each academic year. Berry noted that AFCA members proposed transfer windows before the portal went into effect, but they have not been adopted.

“We knew there would be very few checks on it, but at least if we had a window, then student-athletes could say, ‘Is this a good decision? Because here’s my competition. Now I know what the other competition is because everyone we’re in the window at the same time,'” Berry told ESPN. “It could change some perspectives. They need to be able to make informed decisions.

“We’re working on a window concept that I think is going to be very good for the student-athlete, to give them those opportunities and to give colleges and their team and teammates a little more clarity on positions and recruiting. . and that sort of thing.”

Berry said the current configuration of the windowless portal has created “commotion” and “chaos” with list management. He believes the coaches’ proposal will likely go to the NCAA Division I football oversight committee and the Division I transformation committee. A football oversight committee source told ESPN that the transfer windows they are a “foregone conclusion.”

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said multiple transfer windows are important to help both athletes and coaches.

“There are two legitimate windows: after the season and after spring. [practice], Fisch told ESPN. “Assuming they can make a decision after just one season, you’re assuming recruiting won’t play a role.” You have to see who they signed, what the recruiting class looked like, and then the spring dance, which came early. “I thought I was the second runner, but I’m actually the fourth runner.” Who left early?

“You have to give them that opportunity.”

Berry said the AFCA also supports eliminating the 25-starting scholarship maximum coaches are allowed during each recruiting class, and said teams should be able to hit the 85-scholarship limit on their own schedule. Berry mentioned a school that has only 62 scholarship players total, and “with all the chaos,” some teams have so many holes to fill on their roster that they don’t have enough players at certain positions.

By keeping the number of annual official visits at 56, teams would be prevented from nullifying all their rosters.

“We have to lose [25 initial scholarships per year] and we need to create some portal windows and then we need to build a recruiting schedule that understands part of it will be high school and part of it will be transfers,” Berry said. And you have two transfer windows to work around. So the calendar will need to be reworked, but first we need to figure out if we can install the portal windows.”

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