A few weeks ago there was a discussion about the transfer portal. Some of the questions centered on how many student athletes were in the portal and other discussions focused on the mechanics of the process.
On Feb 1, 2019 there were 1,789 athletes in the portal that spanned all Division 1 sports. Just for a reference point, less than 600 of those transfers are football players. After football, one of the biggest transfer portal surprises has been D-1 Soccer. They have the largest percentage of transfers followed by Lacrosse and women's basketball.
The NCAA has tracked D-1 Football transfers for years at an estimated rate of 6.25 percent per year. As of Feb, 2019, the transfer rate is around 5.4 percent. So, there really isn't a proven epidemic of transfers to date. Those numbers may go up in the future with the relaxed transfer rules along with the trend of immediate eligibility
Here are some key points about the portal mechanics:
- Once you notify your coach or AD, the Compliance Officer enters your name, NCAA ID, school, sport, and email address into the database.
- Once you have entered the database schools can terminate the athlete's student aid at the end of the semester
- Most schools check the portal daily, whereas others check it weekly.
Here is a link to more information:
Which B1G football teams have been effected the most by the portal this year? Penn St. They have 18 football players in the portal and only one is returning to PSU. Who has been effected the least? Northwestern, MSU, and Wisconsin all have one name in the portal. Most other schools avg 4-5.
Michigan has 5 in the transfer portal. One of which includes Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Even though he played at Stony Brook last year, he came back to Michigan and graduated. One other noteworthy name in the portal was Alex Malzone. He is on the move again from Miami of Ohio after never starting a game or completing a single pass.