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Wed. July 18, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

The early assessments of the new transfer policy proposed by Hillsborough County athletic director Lanness Robinson seem to suggest it has teeth.

But here are a few molars you might not have discovered: Robinson said the policy, which would require student-athletes who transfer after their initial high school enrollment to sit out a year, also applies to private- and charter-school transfers, and out-of-county move-ins.

All could regain their eligibility by bringing their case before an impartial committee of local administrators that would meet at least once a month. Exceptions to the policy that would be granted include the "full and complete move" of a family, students forced to move due to the death of a guardian, or those reassigned to a new school for non-athletic or non-disciplinary reasons.

But until making their case heard, they sit. Translation: A basketball player whose family relocates from Orlando to Tampa cannot participate until appearing before the committee. Neither could a Jesuit baseball player who transfers to a public school.

Too stringent? "Not at all," Robinson said. "To be consistent, it has to be pretty severe. If we don't have people that will respect the rule, the rule is really not that effective."

The proposal is expected to be on the agenda for the Hillsborough County School Board's July 31 meeting, and must be advertised for 28 days thereafter. Barring any changes, it could be implemented as early as January 2013.

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