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NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

"Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition".

The first, beginning October 15 student-athletes will be able to transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission across all sports.

But a change to that rule will now allow for some breathing room.

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.

The new rule could change how college coaches handle playing time for certain players, especially younger ones.

Nicholas Clark, a former football player at Coastal Carolina and a member of a student representative on the council, said the change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes. "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", said Miami athletic director and Division I Council chair Blake James in a statement.

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Standoffs between athletes and coaches over transfers have often led to embarrassing results for schools standing in the way of players who want to leave.

Previously, a football player who played in a game or fewer lost a year of eligibility but could appeal to get the year back because of injury or other reasons.

Schools have drawn criticism for preventing a student-athlete from transferring to a program that better suits them, either academically or in their chosen sport.

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

Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.
If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.

The NCAA Division I Council says there will be a new "notification of transfer" model, which creates a system where a student informs his or her school of the desire to transfer, then the school is required to register the student in a national transfer database within two business days and then other coaches are free to contact that athlete.


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