Longtime Iowa athletics director Gary Barta is advocating for NCAA institutions to bring back one year of ineligibility for athletic transfers as a way to curb what he calls “the wild, wild west” confluence of name, image and likeness with the transfer portal.
“If we can not totally control name, image and likeness, then let’s go back and put a one year… if you transfer, you can transfer, you do not have to lose your scholarship,” Barta said Thursday on the school- produced “Fight For Iowa Podcast. “But you must sit out a year because we can control that, and that, I think, would slow down the name, image and likeness deals.
“A booster is not going to offer a student-athlete a big sum of money if they know if they come to their university, they have to sit out a year. But at the same time, once the student is there, they can put together a name, image and likeness package that they benefit from. ”
Barta was among several Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC officials meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., Last week searching for ways to cut down on the rampant tampering officials see throughout football and men’s basketball with NIL and open transfers. Barta’s proposal comes concurrently with NCAA releasing guidelines reminding schools that boosters cannot offer money, jobs or other perks to incoming recruits. Barta, who has served as Iowa’s athletics director since 2006, was chairman of the College Football Playoff committee in 2020 and 2021.
“Allowing movement of student-athletes will continue and allowing student-athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness will continue,” Barta said. “But we’ve got to get it with some rules. Right now, it’s free agency without rules.
“Several years ago, we as an NCAA, made a commitment that when a student-athlete signs a scholarship agreement with us, we must honor that scholarship agreement for four years. If they do not pan out athletically the way we thought, as long as they do not break rules and they stay academically eligible, we have to guarantee that four-year scholarship.
“One of my partial solutions is once the student-athlete signs that scholarship agreement, he or she is now committed to the University of Iowa. We’ll allow them to transfer, but they have to sit out a year. That’s my answer to holding some sort of accountability. So, it goes both ways. ”
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