The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Future Donations, Transfer Portal Talk, and More

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1) What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have on the transfer portal? Do you expect activity to be the same as normal times or do you expect more athletes (football and basketball players) to enter once we’re out of the worst part of this pandemic? – Old Line Hokie

Chris Coleman: Good question.  I certainly think it changes some things.  For basketball, some guys were bound and determined to transfer no matter what (Landers Nolley), so COVID-19 didn’t affect their decision-making process at all.  For others who have been on the fence, the inability to visit other schools probably has them backing off a bit for now.

If I were a basketball player, I’d be hesitant to enter the portal right now.  We don’t know when they’ll be allowed to take visits again.  Maybe it will be mid-April (I doubt it).  Maybe it will be mid-June.  Maybe it won’t come until later in the summer.  There’s too much unknown.  I don’t think I’d feel too comfortable entering the portal right now, because I’d certainly want to take a visit to any prospective school before visiting.

There might be an exception, though.  If I knew I had a safe landing spot at a school that I visited in high school, and the same coaching staff remained in place, then maybe I’d go ahead and enter the portal knowing that it’s likely that I would have ended up at that school either way.