Star Oregon running back enters transfer portal
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Star Oregon running back enters transfer portal

Ashton Pollard14 days
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The running back room turmoil in Eugene continues, as Oregon running back Travis Dye has entered the transfer portal according to Matt Zenitz of On3.

Dye led the Ducks this year with 1,271 yards on 211 carries and 16 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound back was a three-star recruit according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. 

A California native, he was the No. 100 recruit out of the state and the No. 78 running back in the 2018 class.

There was speculation that Dye might elect to head to the NFL after this year, but it appears he wants to go elsewhere to improve his draft stock in 2022.

The news comes a day after Ducks running back Sean Dollars removed his name from the transfer portal. His position mate Trey Benson remains in the portal.

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.