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(10-13): NCAA to adopt rule allowing athletes to transfer once without having to sit out

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Update: 12:45 p.m.

**Some choices here for under-the-radar players this season.

**And don’t forget about social distancing, no matter where you watch games this season.

Update: 9:35 a.m.

**The NCAA is on the verge of adopting groundbreaking new legislation concerning student-athletes transferring, according to Sports Illustrated.

The new rule, which will go into effect in August of 2021, will allow college athletes an opportunity to transfer one time during their career without the penalty of having to sit out of sports for a year.

For decades, the NCAA has mandated that athletes who transfer within the same division would have to sit out a year, thereby serving as a deterrent for players to switch schools.

But without that deterrent going forward, we likely will start seeing a huge number of athletes — particularly in football and basketball — transfer each year if they are unhappy with their role on a team.

Here’s the Sports Illustrated story:

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Update: 9 a.m.

**This is just cool. Former Pirates reliever Mark Melancon casually catching a home run ball while warming up in the bullpen.

**Some good reads to start off your morning:

 

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