News broke earlier this month that now former Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock had plans to visit the Michigan Wolverines as a potential graduate transfer. Now, 247Sports.com is reporting that Rudock will be granted full permission by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz to transfer wherever he wants, including Michigan.
Rudock’s college career hasn’t been stellar, but he would very likely become the Wolverines’ No. 1 option at quarterback. The only quarterback with experience head coach Jim Harbaugh has on his roster is Shane Morris, who has five career interceptions and no touchdowns.
One potential roadblock standing between Rudock and Ann Arbor is the Big Ten, which recently revised its intra-conference transfer policy.
Prior to 2012, the conference did not allow players to transfer from one member program to another. Even though to policy has been revised, there isn’t an exception for graduate transfers.
The league basically treats all intra-conference transfers the same way: If you leave one school to go to another, you’re forced to sit for a year. Since Rudock has already spent four years at Iowa, he only has one year of eligibility remaining.
Here’s the conference’s rule on “post matriculation” intra-conference transfers:
Rule 15.01.5. Intraconference Transfer Rules. B. Post Matriculation. A student-athlete that has signed a tender from a Conference institution and has triggered transfer status per NCAA Bylaw 14.5.2 (conditions affecting transfer status), may not represent an alternate Big Ten institution in intercollegiate athletics competition until the individual has completed one (1) full academic year of residence at the alternate (i.e., certifying) Big Ten institution and shall be charged with the loss of one (1) season of eligibility in all sports.
The 247Sports report says Rudock is planning on visiting Michigan this week, and he would likely to accept a scholarship offer. Should that happen—and should the Big Ten allow the transfer—Rudock would probably become Harbaugh’s first quarterback at Michigan.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.