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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman makes decision on his future

Justin Rudolph01/11/22
Article written by:On3 imageJustin Rudolph

Not even a full 24 hours after the national championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide have the transfer portal floodgates opened up. For the Crimson Tide, they have just found out that offensive lineman Tommy Brown has announced his intention to enter the portal.

According to On3’s Matt Zenitz, Brown is one of several Alabama players to make their intent to transfer known after losing the national championship game. The 6-7 junior offensive lineman out of Santa Ana, CA, has appeared in 10 games this season for the Crimson Tide; starting one at left guard. That one start was against New Mexico State late in the season. Overall, he has played in just 75 offensive snaps on the year; 44 of those snaps were in his one start against the Aggies.  

Transfer portal background information 

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be  contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.