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Rising: Pac-12 transfer policy
The conference is on the verge of a major policy shift regarding internal player movement.
According to multiple sources, the Pac-12 is expected to eliminate the redshirt year for undergraduates who transfer within the conference, thus granting them immediate eligibility.
But there's a catch, and it's a four-letter word.
The Pac-12 will only move forward if the
That process could begin next week.
After several delays due to COVID, the Division I Council is expected to approve immediate eligibility for transfers when the group meets
The longstanding rule that requires undergraduates to establish a year of residency at their new school would be removed, but only the first time a player transfers.
Currently, intra-conference transfers do not lose a year of eligibility, but they need a waiver to avoid the redshirt rule — a waiver that must be approved by the original school. If the new policy is adopted, that step would be eliminated.
(The policy likely would only apply to first-time transfers, mirroring the
When asked about a change to the redshirt rule, the conference office said the matter "would be discussed" at the next governance meeting, in May.
The ACC has already eliminated the redshirt rule for undergraduate transfers within the conference, announcing its policy change in March.
If the Pac-12 moves as expected, a slew of undergraduates would be eligible for the 2021 football season.
The list includes quarterback
The new policy likely would apply to basketball players, as well.
Falling: Cal basketball
The Hotline will publish projections for the 2021-22 conference race later this month, once we gain clarity on the rosters.
Spoiler alert: The Bears will be picked last.
That was our lean immediately after the season, but it's obvious now that star guard
Bradley was the only high-level talent on the roster, the only player who averaged more than 10 points per game — the player who made everyone better.
There's always a chance Bradley reverses course and returns for 2021-22, but we're assuming he's gone for good, desiring a change of scenery and chance for success.
In his three seasons, the Bears are 13-43 in conference play.
The outlook is gloomy in
A quick check of the ledger reveals the following:
— An encouraging season for
— A division title for
— An Elite Eight appearance for
— A Final Four for
Given the state of play in the conference's No. 1 media market as recently as 2019, the multi-sport, multi-school uptick is significant.
Given the state of the pandemic in
The Hotline has spent more time than we care to admit reading, studying and tracking COVID protocol issues at the state and local levels since September.
(The 40-page decrees from the
Frankly, we find it remarkable that the Trojans and Bruins were able to navigate the inferno that was L.A. County as well as they did.
Falling: Arizona State basketball
Just eight months ago, the
ASU subsequently made its first appearance in the AP preseason poll in more than a decade and was the highest-ranked Pac-12 team at the start of the season.
Then everything went all wrong, the season was a complete flop — partly, but not entirely, because of COVID — and the
That fresh start probably won't include Martin,
In other words, the
The rotation is in flux, the momentum is fading, and the window for a championship is closing fast as
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