Football: Zach Kline to transfer to Oregon St.

Zach Kline, who served as Cal’s backup quarterback this season, has told Oregon State’s coaching staff he intends to transfer there, the Portland Tribune reported.

Kline, a redshirt freshman from Danville, would have to sit out next season before becoming eligible to play in 2015.

There have been questions about the penalty for an intra-conference transfer, including suggestions that Kline would have to sit out two seasons.

I don’t believe that’s the case. Based on the excerpt below, from the Pac-12 Conference, sounds like Kline would sit out next season and attend school without financial aid, and then would be cleared to play the following season:

 “If you intend to transfer directly from one Pac-12 school to another and have previously attended or participated in practice there you may be subject to the Pac-12 Intra-Conference Transfer Rule. This rule’s penalty requires that you fulfill one academic year of residence and lose one season of competition in all sports before being eligible to compete. You also may not receive athletically related financial aid during this period of ineligibility.”

An exception is that a transferring student-athlete may apply for a reduction of the penalty, including elimination of the ban on athletically related financial aid. But that must be approved by nine of the 12 Pac-12 faculty representatives, and it seems likely to be many would not want to encourage intra-conference transfers.

Jeff Faraudo