Big 12 making changes to walk-on transfer rule

Thursday June 2nd, 2016

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The Big 12 will alter the language of its current walk-on transfer rule, creating the possibility for players to transfer within the conference without losing a year of eligibility, reports George Schroeder of USA Today

The rule change will allow schools to offer a scholarship to a player who intends to transfer. Players would then have to sit out a season if they still decide to leave. If no scholarship is offered, the player would be free to go to another Big 12 school and play immediately.

The change in wording to the rule comes a day after the schools in the conference voted down a rule change that would let walk-ons transfer within the Big 12 without having to sit out in any scenario. 

The biggest name in the conference who will be affected by the new rule is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who transferred to the school. Mayfield earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2015 after leading the Sooners to a Big 12 title and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. 

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After the announcement of the rule change, Mayfield reacted on Twitter.

He originally walked on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma and sitting out the 2014 season.

Mayfield will now have two seasons of eligibility left with the Sooners. 

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