Topoftha Key is currently a basketball student-athlete at Bay State College. Topoftha will be transferring and enrolling at Ocean State University (OSU) this January. Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the transfer, Topoftha qualifies for an exception to the one year residence requirement.
Since Topoftha is permitted to compete in January with the waiver and assuming he meets all NCAA PTD requirements, can he compete for OSU starting in the spring 2016 semester?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that in baseball and basketball, a student-athlete who initially enrolls at the certifying institution as a full-time student after the conclusion of the first term of the academic year and qualifies for an exception to the one-year residence requirement shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year. (Adopted: 6/24/09)
Would the answer be different if Topoftha graduated from Bay State College in December and transferred to OSU as a graduate student?
No. NCAA Official Interpretation- 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 188.8.131.52 (one-time transfer exception), 184.108.40.206 (competition in year of transfer) and 220.127.116.11 (baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee) and a 9/21/12 staff interpretation, Item No. a, which has been archvived]
Jennifer M. Condaras
BIG EAST Conference
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