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NCAA passes significant transfer reforms, redshirt rule

NCAA passes significant transfer reforms, redshirt rule

Perhaps the bigger overarching rule that was adopted by the NCAA Division I Council earlier in the week was a new "notification-of-transfer" model.

"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 NCAA announced on rule change on Wednesday that allows for redshirted college football players to play in as many as four games during the course of a season without having to burn their redshirt year. That's any four games.

With the rule change, schools can't prevent specific programs from contacting a transferring student-athlete. The new redshirt rule takes effect this season.

Previously, players that competed in any games lost a full year of eligibility unless they suffered an injury.

"The change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said Miami (Florida) athletic director Blake James, who doubles as the chair of the Division I council.

The Division I Board of Directors developed a series of principles to guide the Transfer Working group, which included that any rule changes should "support the academic success of student-athletes", and "be based on data and create the least restrictive environment possible for student-athletes".

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"Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressured to play through the injuries".

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has been an outspoken proponent of the NCAA changing its redshirt rules to allow younger players the chance to get some limited game experience without losing a full year of eligibility.

According to news announced on Wednesday, players will no longer need permission from their school to transfer, and further, individual schools will no longer be able to block recruits from transferring to a certain school.

The transfer working group initially was looking at uniform rules across all sports.

According to the ACC's proposal: "The current rule often places coaches in a hard position to decide whether to play a student-athlete in a limited amount of competition or to preserve the student-athlete's season of eligibility". Conferences, however, can still put rules in play that forbid student-athletes from transferring within the conference without sitting out a year or some other stipulation.

But a change to that rule will now allow for some breathing room. Under the new rule, that could continue but coaches will have the opportunity to play freshmen in up to four games during their first year on campus.


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