- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Board of Education has retreated from a plan to loosen transfer rules for high school athletes following a barrage of criticism that it would allow some schools to scoop up many star players.

The board said in a news release following a Friday meeting that it has instead asked Utah High School Activities Association to review its transfer rules and bring back a recommendation for revised guidelines that better align with the state’s open academic enrollment law.

Current rules require athletes to get approval from the Utah High School Activities Association to transfer once they’ve established eligibility at one school.

Critics that included many high school coaches said the board’s idea would have led to a few schools hoarding all the best athletes and eliminating fair play.

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