Pick N. Roll is a basketball student-athlete at Bay State College (BSC). Pick is going to graduate at the conclusion of the fall 2012 semester but will have eligibility remaining for the 2013-14 academic year. BSC does not offer a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering, so Pick wants to transfer to Ocean State University (OSU) in January 2013 for graduate school. For purposes of this example, Pick meets all the parameters within Bylaw 188.8.131.52 and therefore is eligible for the one-time transfer exception.
Since Pick will be a graduate student at OSU, will he be eligible to compete during the January 2013 semester?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/21/12- Baseball or Basketball Midyear Graduate Transfer (I)- states that in baseball and basketball, a graduate student-athlete who qualifies for the one-time transfer exception but initially enrolls as a full-time student at the certifying institution after the first term of the academic year shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 184.108.40.206 (one-time transfer exception), 220.127.116.11 (competition in year of transfer) and 18.104.22.168 (baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee)]