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DII Presidents Council opposes transfer proposal

Council takes positions on seven membership-sponsored proposals

The Division II Presidents Council this week took formal positions on seven membership-sponsored proposals for the 2020 Convention, voting to support five proposals and oppose two, including a long-discussed transfer proposal.

The council considered the proposals during its Oct. 29-30 meeting on the campus of Emory, where the NCAA’s top governing bodies in each division convened concurrently.

The Presidents Council remained consistent with its opposition to adopting a notification of transfer model in Division II, which would replace the permission-to-contact legislation for four-year student-athletes with a model similar to the one adopted in 2018 by Division I. The proposed model would require Division II schools to enter a student-athlete’s written request for transfer in the NCAA Transfer Portal within seven consecutive calendar days of receipt. It would not change the one-time transfer exception legislation, which allows schools to approve or deny immediate eligibility for competition upon transfer.

The concept was first introduced in the Division II governance structure, where it was supported by the Management Council last spring before the Presidents Council voted in May not to sponsor it for the Convention. The concept was subsequently submitted as a membership-sponsored proposal by the Central Atlantic Collegiate and East Coast conferences, guaranteeing that it will go to a Division II membershipwide vote in January.

The Presidents Council’s concern centers around how the proposed change to the transfer model might impact competitive equity in the division, frequency of transfers and student-athletes’ progress toward their degrees.

“Many members felt that approval of that proposal would give an unfair recruiting advantage to schools that are more well-off than others,” said Gary Olson, president of Daemen and chair of the Presidents Council.

Last week, the Management Council voted in support of the transfer proposal. The Management Council agreed with the rationale from the sponsoring conferences stating the proposed model would improve the recruiting environment and provide more transparency for coaches and student-athletes.

The Presidents Council took the following positions on the other membership-sponsored proposals:

  • Supported a proposal that would require current Division II conferences to maintain a minimum of eight active member schools, rather than the 10school minimum that is slated to take effect in 2022.
  • Supported a proposal that would increase the permissible length of golf tryouts for a prospective studentathlete from two to five hours.
  • Supported a proposal to amend the recruiting calendar in women’s basketball to extend the spring contact period through the third weekend in May and eliminate the May 18June 14 evaluation period.
  • Supported a proposal that would specify that basketball contests played as part of a conference challenge event should be included in both the numerator and denominator and the firsthalf-of-season calculation for a hardship waiver.
  • Supported a proposal that would prohibit fall championship sports from commencing weight training, conditioning and team activities before the school’s fourth day of classes for the second term of the academic year (winter quarter or spring semester). 
  • Opposed a proposal that would eliminate the requirement that a current transcript must be provided to a school prior to issuing a National Letter of Intent or written offer of athletics aid.

“The entire slate of proposals in this session had something to do one way or the other with student-athletes and making processes more fair and equitable for them,” Olson said. “What I’m very proud of is that the DII Presidents Council always puts at the forefront the student-athlete, especially when it comes to health, safety and equity.”

Other actions

Also at its meeting this week, the Presidents Council voted to overturn the $900,000 allocation to the Athletes into Medicine and Sciences pilot program. The request for reconsideration came from the Management Council, which expressed concern about how the investment of 2018-19 Division II surplus funds aligns with the division’s top priorities. The Presidents Council agreed that the program has merit. But given the narrow focus of the program, Council members believed other opportunities are available that have a broader impact on Division II schools.  With the Council’s decision, the surplus funds from 2018-19 instead will be distributed back to Division II schools as a supplemental distribution.

Additionally, the council:

  • Approved two changes to the neutrality policy for preliminary rounds of championships.
  • Elected Sandra Jordan, chancellor of South Carolina-Aiken, as the next chair of the Presidents Council, beginning after the January meeting.
  • Elected three new members to the Presidents Council, also beginning in January: Colleen Perry Keith, president at Goldey-Beacom; T. Dwayne McCay, president at Florida Institute of Technology; and Carlos Campo, president at Ashland.
  • Approved the election of Chris Graham, commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, as chair of the Management Council for 2020.

Approved the election of seven new Management Council members: Mark Corino, athletics director at Caldwell; Brenda Cates, faculty athletics representative at Mount Olive; Jeff Williams, athletics director at East Central; Jerry Wollmering, athletics director at Truman State; Kristi Kiefer, senior woman administrator at Fairmont State; Doug Peters, athletics director at Minnesota State University Moorhead; and Carrie Michaels, senior woman administrator at Shippensburg.