A&M could be the first of many unless the transfer rule changes
As mentioned before, the new waiver rule was implemented to allow players who were misled by Ole Miss into thinking their punishment wasn’t going to be as serious as it ended up being. It’s a perfectly legitimate reason for those players to seek an exemption to the transfer rule.
Given the nature of Marchiol’s claims, in the context that no one knew or suspected Texas A&M of any wrong doing, it could give players an avenue to exploit the rule to their benefit.
Whether or not you believe Marchiol has no bearing on the fact that A&M is not going to be the last school that this happens to, unless the NCAA actually makes things fair for students and removes the rule that forces them to sit out a year after transferring.
It’s an archaic rule, and one that was never fair in the first place. Admittedly, it would create a free agent market of sorts, but it’s not about creating headaches for the programs, it’s about granting freedom to the players.
The allegations from Marchiol could alter the Texas A&M program’s trajectory, but it could also have wide-ranging effects on college sports.