Inside The NCAA Transfer Portal: Group Of FiveStories
The NCAA Transfer Portal has been one of the more fascinating items to follow as the summer has progressed. It’s caused some debate amongst coaches, while also serving as a showcase for graduate transfers and others looking to make another program their new home.
In the first part of our portal series, we took an inside look at the Power Five conferences and teams with the SEC having more than 100 total transfers, while the five leagues overall had more than 250 transfers.
To be expected, the Group of Five doesn’t have quite those numbers, but there is some turnover. For instance, the Sun Belt leads the charge with 42 transfers, followed by the American with 40, Conference USA with 36, Mid-American with 19 and the Mountain West with 16. Furthermore, Wichita State, which had a coaching change this past summer, leads the way with 10 transfers, while UL Monroe has eight and New Mexico, which had 11 in our previous story, had its total readjusted to reflect some important changes.
Without further ado, let’s take an inside look at the transfer totals from the Group of Five conferences and teams:
• Any player not on athletic aid may now transfer without sitting out. That change occurred when the NCAA Transfer Working Group amended bylaw 18.104.22.168. While the term used for those players is “walk-on”, it’s worth noting that players who are receiving need-based aid (but not athletic aid) may also now transfer without sitting out. It’s a rule change that’s gaining steam in discussions around college baseball.
• The team/portal figures below include any players who entered the portal from Fall 2018 thru Summer 2019. With classes beginning in a couple of weeks for most, there’s a chance some players drop off the list and choose to return to those programs, while other programs might actually add to their tallies. The portal only includes players leaving programs.
• It’s worth noting the tallies below include graduate transfers, which can skew a program’s transfer total. The portal can also include anyone who tried out for a team in the fall, or who was a walk-on during the fall (no matter the amount of days practiced).
• One last note: There have been some occurrences where players who have attended one-day tryouts have been entered into the portal as walk-ons at a particular program. We’ve been monitoring and skimming through those names to ensure accuracy.
• The portal includes 1,099 names at the Division I level with 153 hailing from one of the five Group of Five conferences.
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