Ls piling up for the NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has agreed to drop a rule making it difficult for Division I college athletes to transfer schools and remain eligible to play following a civil lawsuit by the US Department of Justice and a coalition of states.

The Justice Department, District of Columbia and 10 states involved in the lawsuit announced the proposed agreement with the NCAA on Thursday.

The agreement would end the civil suit against the organization over their transfer eligibility rule, which required student athletes who transferred more than once to sit on the bench for an entire season before being allowed to compete at their new school.

Prosecutors said the rule forced college athletes to either stay in schools they wanted to leave or to transfer and miss out on athletic opportunities. The complaint also alleged the rule “was anticompe ive because it deterred college athletes from challenging anticompe ive rules in court,” a news release from the Justice Department said.

If approved by a judge, the deal would bar the NCAA from enforcing the transfer rule or adopting any similar rules between Division I colleges and universities in the future, the release said.