Miami Hurricanes land former Oregon Duck player out the transfer portal

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Mario Cristobal and the Miami Hurricanes have claimed another player out of the transfer portal, this time from the place he once called home. Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Logan Sagapolu will now join his former coach at Oregon on the sunny beaches of Miami as a Hurricane.

According to On3, Sagapolu is a three-star recruit from the 2019 class. Over the two years at Oregon, he has not appeared in not one game. However, that cannot be accredited to solely a lack of performance or anything along those lines. Last season he missed the entire year due to an injury he suffered in camp. When Sagapolu made his decision on what university to attend, back in 2019, he chose Oregon over a list of other West Coast and PAC 12 schools including BYU, Arizona, and Utah.

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.