NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football

NCAA announces change to transfer policy, schools will no longer have ability to block transfers

NCAA announces change to transfer policy, schools will no longer have ability to block transfers

The NCAA announced on Wednesday a change to its redshirt rules, which will now allow a player to participate in up to four games without without losing his redshirt.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said council chair Blake James, who is the athletic director at Miami. "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", James said.

This is an interesting, and I think mostly good, change.

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. Four games, to be exact. In turn, the player's name will be added to a national "transfer database" which allows coaches from other programs to contact that player without restrictions. As you can guess, coaches have been pushing for this for a while now and this is a pretty big victory for them and for players, who will all be able to see action on the field as freshman and not have it take a year away from them.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", former Coastal Carolina football player Nicholas Clark said in the NCAA statement. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools.

While conferences can still vote to create more restrictive legislation - such as preventing in-conference moves - this ruling should decrease the number of instances in which schools block players from transferring.

Under previous NCAA rules, programs could deny student-athletes permission to seek transfers to schools for any reason, no matter how inconsequential.

Under the old transfer model, student-athletes had to receive permission from their current schools to contact a different university before they were allowed to receive a scholarship offer. Applications for the rule to be applied to other Division I sports is now being looked at by the council.

If another school tampers with student-athlete, it could be a Level 2 violation. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules.

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