AAC to allow intraconference transfers without penalty

Mar 14, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Houston Cougars players celebrate as confetti falls after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference tournament final at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

The American Athletic Conference is doing away with its policy that required athletes to sit out a year and lose a season of eligibility if they transferred from one AAC campus to another.

The change is effective immediately and was agreed to by a unanimous vote of AAC athletic directors, the conference said Tuesday.

“This is an important decision that is in the best interests of our student-athletes,” commissioner Mike Aresco said in a news release. “It will align the conference’s position on transfers with the expected significant change to the NCAA policy.”

The Mid-American and Atlantic Coast conferences recently enacted similar policy changes.

The NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote soon to allow athletes to transfer once without having to sit out for a year, which has been the standard.

The AAC is made up of 11 teams: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and Wichita State.

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