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Here's how Michigan's Jim Harbaugh would change NCAA transfer portal

CHICAGO — Big Ten football coaches are asking for clarity as the NCAA tightens transfer guidelines and makes it tougher to pass through the so-called "transfer portal" unscathed.

The subject spurred frequent discussion at Big Ten media days in Chicago this week, and there was a consistent refrain among the 11 Big Ten coaches surveyed by writers in the USA TODAY Sports Network:

"What is confusing is who gets a pass to the field and who doesn't," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said, "and that didn't just start this past 12 months, either. It's been a little confusing to figure out who can get a waiver and who can't, what are the actual criteria.