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Husky Football Blog

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June 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Pac-10 rules that USC players cannot transfer inside the conference

Lots of expansion stuff out there with Boise State moving to the Mountain West. Here’s a good roundup of that. It also appears as if Nebraska has accepted an invite to join the Big Ten, so more domino-falling could be on the horizon.
In news maybe more relevant to UW fans, it’s been learned today that the Pac-10 recently ruled that it will not waive its transfer rules to allow USC players to transfer within the conference.
Due to the sanctions placed on USC Thursday, the team’s juniors and seniors are free to transfer without having to sit out a year as a penalty under NCAA rules.
But that only applies to going outside the conference. The Pac-10 has an interconference transfer rule that requires football transfers to sit out one year, and that will apparently not be waived in this case (technically, all petitions to transfer have to go through the conference and be approved).
This effectively means that USC’s players won’t transfer within the conference.
A Pac-10 official today confirmed that’s how the rules will work.
So that obviously means that while some schools could benefit from landing a USC transfer, it almost certainly won’t be any of the Pac-10 schools.
Obviously, UW’s staff has close ties with a number of USC players and might have been a logical landing spot for a few. UCLA might have been, as well. But again, word today is that that cannot logically happen.
UPDATE — And to clarify this further in light of some questions I’ve gotten, the Pac-10 did use to have a rule that players transferring within the conference had to sit out two years, enacted to really try to discourage anyone ever doing that. In 2004 the rule was amended so that it was the same as the general NCAA rule, that players could transfer just sitting out one year. In this case, the Pac-10 is merely saying that its usual transfer rule will remain in place regardless of the rule that has been enacted by the NCAA allowing players in programs that have post-season bans to transfer if their eligibility runs out before the post-season ban does (in this case, juniors and seniors at USC). The reason is obviously that the conference did not want to encourage other Pac-10 teams to try to “poach” players away from USC.

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