NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers, redshirts for college football

NCAA announces transfer redshirt rule changes

NCAA announces transfer redshirt rule changes

Beginning this season, players can participate in up to four games and not lose a season of eligibility, after a rule change approved Wednesday by the Division I Council.

That process will no longer exist come October, when a student-athlete will now have the ability to transfer without asking for permission.

Under the new rule, athletes would be permitted to be contacted when they notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited.

Schools will no longer be able to block players who want to transfer, and redshirt players can now appear in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility.

According to the NCAA, the rule change is based in player-safety reasons.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Nicholas Clark said. The new rule will go into effect during the upcoming, 2018-19 season.

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"The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules", Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State, said in a statement released by the NCAA.

Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league.

It will be interesting to see how all these changes play out down the road but the bottom line is it was a big, big day for players across the country with these rules proposals getting passed. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear.

Former Coastal Carolina football player Nick Clark, who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Division I Council, likes the transparency of the new rule. The significance of the rule is a player can appear in those limited number of games at any point in the season.

However, this could also be a way for coaches to get talented young players on the field while still preserving that fifth year of eligibility, allowing redshirt players to get game experience against "cupcake" teams or potentially play a factor in bowl games. "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", NCAA Division I Council chairperson and Miam athletic director Blake James said in an NCAA statement.

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