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Buffs make progress on transfer issues, coach hunt – The Denver Post

BOULDER-CO-October 2: University of Colorado Boulder Athletic Director Rick George, Rick George, leads the group into the press conference.The University of Colorado, Boulder Athletic Department held a press conference announcing the firing of Karl Dorrell and what is still in coaching on October 2, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
BOULDER-CO-October 2: University of Colorado Boulder Athletic Director Rick George, Rick George, leads the group into the press conference.The University of Colorado, Boulder Athletic Department held a press conference announcing the firing of Karl Dorrell and what is still in coaching on October 2, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

As Colorado continues its process of finding a new head football coach, progress is being made on a key issue that has been holding the Buffaloes back.

CU’s academic standards on the types of transfer credits accepted have made it difficult for coaches to recruit second- and third-year transfers from other schools and make them eligible to play. It may soon become easier for those transfers to compete for the Buffaloes.

“We have a really strong alignment from our regents, our president, our chancellor,” CU athletic director Rick George told BuffZone on Wednesday. “And our Chancellor has worked hard with his team and our team to develop what works in the transfer portal. I’m very comfortable with where we’re going. I think there will be changes, yes.”

Academically, CU does not accept certain types of credit from other institutions, which may result in transfers having to repeat courses to catch up on their progress towards a degree.

For years that wasn’t a big problem in athletics because NCAA rules required transfers to sit out a year, and that gave them the opportunity to even out those credits during the sit-out. However, about 19 months ago, the NCAA made a significant change that allowed players to switch once without missing a year.

This change has allowed many of CU’s peers to quickly rebuild and visit the transfer portal to fill in gaps in their rosters. However, CU was unable to land some transfers as their credits were not transferred to CU, which left them behind in progress towards the Degree Requirements (PTD).

George, President Todd Saliman and Chancellor Phil DiStefano are working to change that.

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