By Maren Angus
Earlier this month, the NCAA made it a little easier for student-athletes to transfer. They now have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission.
With the new rules in place, Texas made a huge move this week and announced the addition of Miranda Elish and Lauren Burke. Both played for head coach Mike White at Oregon.
“This is truly a big day for Texas softball as we are very excited to add two dynamic players to our 2019 roster,” White said. “Both Miranda Elish and Lauren Burke are players that possess tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the game. They are true difference makers and will have a big impact on how our team fares during the upcoming season. Texas fans are in for a real treat when Miranda and Lauren suit up in the Burnt Orange & White.”
Once a student-athlete like Elish or Burke requested a transfer, Oregon had to enter their names into a database within two business days. Once the names were entered, coaches from other schools were free to contact them.
The previous rule required student-athletes to get permission from their current school before they could receive a scholarship from another after transfer. However, conferences can still make rules that are more restrictive.