Re: Truth about Transfer Portal, 5th year eligible
If a 5th year player stays with the same program the scholarship doesn't count towards the 18 limit but many schools are telling coaches that they can't expand their budget so if they want to keep a scholarship player, they have to fund it from their existing budget. This is going to limit how many 5th year seniors or grad transfers actually find a home. You have to be an impact player. If you are leaving one place because you didn't get playing time, not sure anyone else will pick that player up to fill the same role. For goalies since most schools only play one, a lot of backups have nothing to lose by transferring and hopefully finding a place to get some playing time. So while the portal might be full, I don't think all that many will actually transfer unless they are going to pay full tuition.