Why This Week is Critical For the Transfer Portal

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    The madness and chaos of the transfer portal are about to slow down as April draws to a close.

    The deadline for fall and winter athletes to submit their names into the transfer portal is Sunday, May 1. For a student-athlete to still receive immediate eligibility in their sport for this upcoming fall or winter season, they must submit their name by that deadline. While there will likely be exceptions down the road for some select players, this date is crucial for college athletics.

    The deadline for spring sports is July 1.

    The NCAA approved a one-time rule change last season in correlation with the previous COVID guidelines and changes to extend the fall and winter deadline to July 1. However, with the sport quickly reverting back to a traditional timeline in the last year or so, the NCAA will now be going back to the May 1 deadline this year.

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    With the deadline approaching, two Tennessee football players did enter the portal last week after wrapping up spring camp on Saturday, Apr. 9.

    Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman James Robinson entered the transfer portal last Friday after a two-year career in Knoxville never got off the ground. Robinson has not yet announced a new destination. In addition to Robinson, Tennessee redshirt-sophomore linebacker Eunique Valentine also entered the portal last Saturday.

    The Tennessee basketball team has seen five players enter the portal since the season ended, with the most recent coming just over two weeks ago. Tennessee forward Brock Jancek was the first to enter the portal, followed by veteran guard Victor Bailey Jr. Tennessee then saw three straight freshmen enter the portal as forward Handje Tamba, guard Quentin Diboundje, and forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield all submitted their names in early April.

    V.J. Bailey has announced that he will be teaming up with former Vol assistant Kim English at George Mason. Diboundje will be heading to East Carolina with former Tennessee assistant Mike Schwartz, and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is heading to the ACC to join Louisville.

    While these players are in the clear, any other fall or winter student-athlete that is looking to transfer with immediate eligibility must enter the portal by Sunday, May 1.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.