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NCAA vote sets up change in transfer rules so football, basketball players won't have to sit

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The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to allow athletes in the association’s most prominent sports to change schools once during their undergraduate careers without having to sit out for a season, a person familiar with the outcome told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the vote won’t be finalized until the Council adjourns two days of meetings Thursday.

The long-expected move would unify the transfer rules for Bowl Subdivision football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball — as well as for baseball and men’s hockey — with those for the other Division I sports.

The outcome of Wednesday’s vote was first reported by The Athletic.

The Council is a policy-making group mainly comprising school and conference athletics administrators. Its actions are subject to review by the Division I Board of Directors, mainly comprised of school presidents and chancellors. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for April 28, but its intervention on this issue is unlikely.

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