NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

  • NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

"Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

Nicholas Clark, a former football player at Coastal Carolina and a student representative on the council, said the change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes. "It provides them the chance to participate in our sport throughout their entire college careers which could lead to better engagement, better graduation rates and hopefully more individuals getting the opportunity to earn a masters degree".

The NCAA also announced a new rule that allows football players who play in up to four games to still have the option of redshirting.

Starting this fall college football players will now be able to take part in up to four games and still keep their redshirt.

The NCAA transfer working group, led by South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, has been working on reform since past year.

The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will look at how a similar ruling could apply to other sports and what number of games should be considered. I'm all for the change. "We'll obviously study the rule and the implications in more detail, but in my opinion, it's good for student-athletes and good for our game".

Usually, a coach will play a true freshman or transfer immediately if it justifies not burning their redshirt.

When the NCAA was considering the matter, University of Richmond coach Russ Huesman said a redshirt rule modification would be "unbelievable, especially at our level, with our numbers".

The NCAA has approved a massive change to transfer rules as student-athletes will no longer be required to gain permission to contact schools once they decide to leave their current institution, essentially ending the practice of blocking transfers by schools.

The NCAA Division I Council approved the change, effective October 15, on Wednesday. "This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student's name into a national transfer database within two business days". Schools would often block permission to conference opponents, rivals or programs that recruited prospects out of high school, which would often force student-athletes to transfer down to junior college before landing at their school of choice.

The outgoing rule that required athletes to get permission before transferring was meant to prevent schools from recruiting athletes from other schools. "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries", Division I Council chair Blake James said. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".