Ordinarily, a college athlete seeking to transfer between two FBS programs has to sit out a year to establish 'residency' at their new institution. It's one of the many reasons transfers aren't hugely common.
As we all know by now, part of the sanctions hitting the Southern Cal football program allow for juniors and seniors to transfer to different programs without having to sit out a year for residency. What isn't widely known, however, is that the Pac-10 has a similar rule to the NCAA in that it forces players to sit out a year before transferring to establish 'residency.'
ESPN is now reporting that while the NCAA has granted Trojan juniors and seniors the ability to transfer without penalty, the Pac 10 isn't as kind. Says, ESPN:
"A USC official told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday the Pac-10 would not waive the one-year transfer ineligibility rule in this case. This means, effectively, USC players won't transfer within the conference. A Pac-10 official confirmed the stipulation to the Seattle Times on Friday."
A few players will undoubtedly look to the other power programs across the country, as they seek to land with teams such as Texas, Florida, Alabama, etc. However, many transferring players may choose to stay close to home. With the other Pac-10 schools off the table, schools such as Utah and BYU could look very attractive, as well as MWC-newcomer Boise State (who won't be joining the Mountain West until the 2011 season).
This is definitely a story to stay tuned to, and hopefully we'll be hearing more about this as t