STRESSING the importance of education over sports, NCAA officials on Tuesday maintained its stance against a residency rule for graduating high school student-athletes who plan to transfer to another school from the country’s oldest collegiate league.
At a time when anger at the UAAP’s new two-year residency rule for intra-league transfers continues to rage, Season 88 management committee chairman Fr. Victor Calvo, O.P. said the NCAA has no plan to implement a similar regulation any time soon.
He said the league believes an incoming college student-athlete should be given the freedom to decide which school to go to.
“Mindset naman namin kasi, student yan before athlete so yung choice of school is supposed to be (because of) academics. Kaya no need for residency kasi fresh graduate ka (from high school) eh,” said the Dominican father, who is also Letran’s athletic director.
Calvo said the NCAA is firm on enforcing a no-residency rule, regardless if the student-athlete comes from a member school, a rival league, or a school overseas.
“Wala kaming distinction,” Calvo said. “Pag high school graduate ka, ke graduate ka pa ng NCAA school, UAAP school, o schools in America, walang residency.”
Calvo, though, said the league has been enforcing a one-year residency period on high school to high school and college to college student transfers.