Nov. 8; 10:30 am
In a statement to KATC from UL, the university said:
"All softball student-athletes will have the opportunity to meet with members of the administration to discuss transfer procedures. Upon receiving a written request from the student-athlete, permission to contact will be granted, allowing the student-athlete to speak with coaches from any university other than those on the 2018 UL schedule, and be eligible to receive athletically related institutional financial aid.
The university also said if a softball player chooses to stay at UL but decide to no longer play, they would they be allowed to keep their scholarship.
Nov. 7; 5:56 pm
Sources tell KATC that the university is meeting with members of the softball team who want to transfer following the firing of former head coach, Mike Lotief.
An anonymous source at the university tells us that the university has met with players over the last two days to discuss transfer and scholarship rules.
Those players, we're told, asked for permission to contact other Division One programs about transferring.
According to NCAA rules, student-athletes have a few options.
They can transfer and sit out a year before playing again. Or, they can receive written permission from their current school to be released from scholarship and begin playing immediately. Another option, would be to transfer to a lower division school to play immediately.
We're also told that the university gave the players who want to leave the team, a list of colleges that they may not contact.
That list includes universities on the 2018 UL softball schedule, as well as, all colleges and universities in Louisiana.