For better or worse, the portal is the new normal. When big coaching changes happen you will, within days, have players “entering the portal” as they fish around to see what other colleges are interested in their services.
The big change of late is the one time waiver on sitting out a season when you transfer. The other is that players transferring are being recruited far more publicly by other colleges.
On the whole this is a very good thing. If you support the student athletes then supporting these young adults in having some more autonomy in their life is necessary.