University logos cover a wall in the lobby of NCAA headquarters Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Ncaa National Collegiate Athletics Association Office Headquarters In Indianapolis Feb 25 2021

Court ruling favors two-time NCAA transfers

The NCAA on Wednesday began notifying member schools that two-time transfers will be eligible to participate in their chosen sports, at least temporarily, and bypass the “year in residency” rule.

The change in policy came after a federal judge in Charleston, W. Va., issued a temporary 14-day restraining order against the NCAA, who were denying athletes the chance to compete at their new schools for one year upon second transfer.

The lawsuit was filed by the states of West Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee and stated the requirement of two-time transfers to sit out a year violated antitrust law. The state of Ohio was at the forefront of the suit.

The decision applies to all student athletes under NCAA jurisdiction in the United States.

“As a result of today’s decision impacting Division I student-athletes, the Association will not enforce the year in residency requirement for multiple-time transfers and will begin notifying member schools,” the NCAA said in a statement to The Athletic.

One athlete immediately impacted is West Virginia men’s basketball player RaeQuan Battle, who transferred from Montana State after playing two seasons for the Big Sky school. Battle began his college career playing two seasons for Washington of the Pac-12.

He had applied for a waiver under the NCAA’s mental-health provision but was denied in late October. Wednesday’s ruling will potentially allow Battle to play Saturday when the Mountaineers play UMass in Springfield, Mass.

West Virginia would be happy to see Battle on the court as he averaged 17.7 points last season while leading Montana State to the NCAA Tournament.

“Very pleased our state-based coalition was able to achieve a temporary restraining order against the NCAA’s transfer rule,” West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey posted on social media. “Big win for RaeQuan Battle!”

A second hearing will be heard when the restraining order expires in two weeks when a preliminary injunction potentially could be issued. That would keep athletes in question eligible until a potential trial takes place.

According to The Athletic’s report, Ohio attorney general Dave Yost said that at least 99 athletes had been denied a waiver to compete immediately upon a second transfer and that another 44 are awaiting a decision on a waiver.

–Field Level Media

Apr 22, 2023; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders before the start of the spring game at Folsom Filed. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders on Colorado transfers: ‘Not my first rodeo’

First-year Colorado coach Deion Sanders doesn’t seem too concerned about losing 49 players to the transfer portal.

“You should be able to tell by the white cowboy hat I wore in the spring game that this isn’t my first rodeo,” Sanders told 247Sports on Wednesday. “We coming.”

The stampede of Buffaloes out of Boulder has reportedly left Sanders’ program with fewer than 20 scholarship players as of Wednesday morning.

In Sanders’ first “rodeo” at Jackson State, the Pro Football Hall of Famer inherited a program that went 4-8 in 2019, the season before his arrival. He quickly turned around the Tigers with 11-2 and 12-1 seasons from 2021-22 before landing the Colorado job.

During his first meeting with Colorado players after being hired in December, Sanders told them to “go ahead and jump in that portal.”

Reinforcements are on the way, as 247Sports ranked Colorado’s incoming transfer class No. 1 and its 2023 recruiting class No. 30 nationally.

The Buffs are coming off a 1-11 season under Karl Dorrell (fired after an 0-5 start) and interim coach Mike Sanford.

The spring transfer portal window closes on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig (15) carries the ball against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Two starters among five Buffs entering transfer portal

Five Colorado players, including two returning starters, entered the transfer portal Monday as the roster continues to evolve under new head coach Deion Sanders.

Receivers Montana Lemonious-Craig and Jordyn Tyson, safety Tyrin Taylor, linebacker Shakaun Bowser and offensive lineman Jackson Anderson followed the advice Sanders gave when he was hired in December, when he encouraged players to “hop in that portal.”

Lemonious-Craig started all 12 games in 2022 and caught six passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in the Buffaloes’ spring game.

He caught 34 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons in Boulder.

Taylor made nine starts (seven in 2022) in two seasons at Colorado, tallying 34 tackles and one interception.

Neither Bowser nor Anderson saw significant action with the Buffaloes, who hired Sanders away from Jackson State after finishing 1-11 last season under Karl Dorrell and interim coach Mike Sanford.

Since April 15, a total of 18 Colorado players have entered the portal, according to ESPN.

–Field Level Media