Drew Pyne began his career at Notre Dame before transferring to Arizona State for the 2023 season. He ultimately saw limited action with the Sun Devils and is once again in the transfer portal.

As of Wednesday, Pyne has settled on a return to Notre Dame according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel. The plan, according to Thamel, is for Pyne to enroll in January for the spring semester but will not play at Notre Dame in the spring.

Pyne is set to graduate from Notre Dame in May, and that would qualify him for immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer. Once that is accomplished, he will join a new program in June with 3 years of eligibility.

“I’ve decided to return to Notre Dame to earn my degree and finish what I started,” Pyne told ESPN. “It means I will fulfill a lifelong dream, and be part of that community forever, which was always very important to me.”

The plan is an interesting one, to say the least. However, it’s a nice loophole for Pyne to find a new destination with immediate eligibility next season.

With his next step being Pyne’s second transfer, he would need to sit out a year per current NCAA rules. Graduate transfers are not bound by that rule.