New transfer rule leads to fast turnarounds for hoops teams squib

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) When Richard Pitino took over the downtrodden University of New Mexico men's basketball program last March at the start of the pandemic, he couldn't hit the recruiting trail to improve a team rich in tradition and light on recent success. Less than a month after he took the Lobos job, the NCAA approved a plan allowing all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season. ''We won six games last year, so we needed to make major changes,'' Pitino said after a hard-fought 87-76 loss at Colorado this month.
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