Albrecht to Purdue: Take a look at other Big Ten-to-Big Ten transfers

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Albrecht to Purdue: Take a look at other Big Ten-to-Big Ten transfers

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Michigan PG Spike Albrecht goes with the alley-oop shot to himself.

Transfers have become ubiquitous in college sports in recent years, especially in basketball. And, it’s not uncommon to see players switch schools within conferences.

In the Big Ten, a move within the league is punitive. Prior to 2011-12, a transfer within the league was unable to receive a scholarship and had to sit out a season. The rule was altered starting with the 2011-12 season. Now, an athlete can receive a scholarship but loses a year of eligibility in addition to sitting out a season.

Still, in recent years, the Big Ten has seen some high-profile players move within the conference. Jarrod Uthoff went from Wisconsin to Iowa in a much-discussed move; last season, as a graduate transfer, Max Bielfeldt went from Michigan to Indiana. And now we have Spike Albrecht, another graduate transfer, matriculating from Michigan to Purdue.

The former Wolverine will be immediately eligible to play his final season if he secures a waiver from the Big Ten due to his transfer within the conference. It was not an issue last year for Bielfeldt, who received such a waiver last year.

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Spike Albrecht – Michigan to Purdue
Max Bielfeldt – Michigan to Indiana
Jarrod Uthoff – Wisconsin to Iowa
Sharif Chambliss – Penn State to Wisconsin
Luke Recker – Indiana to Iowa, via Arizona
Ben Johnson – Northwestern to Minnesota
Sam Okey – Wisconsin to Iowa
Lawrence Funderburke – Indiana to Ohio State
Brad Sellers – Wisconsin to Ohio State

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Jake Rudock – Iowa to Michigan
Philip Nelson – Minnesota to Rutgers
Brian Bobek – Ohio State to Minnesota
Ryan Nowicki – Penn State to Illinois
Justin Boren – Michigan to Ohio State
Kim Royston – Wisconsin to Minnesota
John Kerr – Indiana to Ohio State
Jon Beutjer – Iowa to Illinois
Jeff George – Purdue to Illinois

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Here are the specific Big Ten intraconference transfer rules from the conference.

Intraconference Transfer Rules.

1. Pre-Matriculation. A prospective student-athlete who has signed a tender from a Conference institution and has not yet triggered transfer status per NCAA Bylaw 14.5.2 (conditions affecting transfer status), is subject to the following intraconference transfer requirements:
a. Signed National Letter of Intent. A prospective student-athlete who signs a valid National Letter of Intent (NLI) with a Conference institution but subsequently enrolls at an alternate Big Ten institution shall be required to complete one (1) full year of residence at the alternate (i.e., certifying) Big Ten institution and shall be charged with the loss of one (1) season of eligibility in all sports. These penalties shall be applied regardless of any decision made by the NLI Steering Committee on behalf of the prospective student-athlete.
1. Exception – Complete Release by Signing Institution. If the Big Ten institution at which the prospective student-athlete originally signed the NLI grants a “Complete Release” from the NLI, the prospect shall be permitted to enroll at any other Conference institution without penalty.
2. Exception – NLI Declared Null and Void. Should the NLI become null and void prior to the prospective student-athlete’s matriculation, the prospective student-athlete shall be free to enroll at any other Conference institution without penalty.
b. Signed Tender without National Letter of Intent. A prospective student-athlete that signs a valid tender with a Conference institution but subsequently enrolls at an alternate Big Ten institution shall be required to complete one (1) full academic year of residence at the alternate (i.e., certifying) Big Ten institution and shall be charged with the loss of one (1) season of eligibility in all sports. Upon mutual agreement of the two involved Conference institutions, this penalty shall be waived by the Chair of the Academics and Eligibility Subcommittee.

2. Post Matriculation. A student-athlete that has signed a tender from a Conference institution and has triggered transfer status per NCAA Bylaw 14.5.2 (conditions affecting transfer status), may not represent an alternate Big Ten institution in intercollegiate athletics competition until the individual has completed one (1) full academic year of residence at the alternate (i.e.,
certifying) Big Ten institution and shall be charged with the loss of one (1) season of eligibility in all sports.

3. Pre- and Post-Matriculation Exceptions
a. Cancellation of Tender Due to Inadmissibility. When a prospective student-athlete is inadmissible to the institution for which a tender has been accepted, the tender shall be considered null and void and the intraconference transfer penalty does not apply.
b. Dropped Sport. When a Conference institution drops the student-athlete’s sport in which the student-athlete has participated, the intraconference penalty does not apply.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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