NCAA Changes Redshirt Rule

NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

The NCAA announced two major rules changes to the college athletics landscape Wednesday.

The Division I Council also approved a measure that will allow athletes to compete in up to four games without losing a season of competition.

The long-awaited transfer reform ended up being a narrow change but should provide more freedom for athletes to transfer when and where they want.

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.

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

Players wanting to transfer previously had to request permission from their school to be released from their scholarship before seeking other options. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer.


"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", NCAA Division I Council chair and Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. "The opportunity to play in a small number of games will ease this decision for coaches and help the student-athlete's development and transition to the college game".

Like other Power Five conferences, the ACC has extra restrictions on athletes who transfer within the conference. Last spring at Kansas State, reserve receiver Corey Sutton said he was blocked from transferring to 35 schools by coach Bill Snyder before the school finally relented amid public pressure.

Though the national rule is changing, individual conferences still have the right to implement more restrictive transfer rules.

"The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules", Sell said.

Before, playing one snap of Division I football would have claimed a season of eligibility. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt. That idea has fallen off the table amid concerns about creating an inequitable system that could face legal challenges.

Another financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences. Now, a player simply has to tell his school he wishes to transfer and the school will have two business days to put their name into a national transfer database. The NCAA's Transfer Working Group first proposed this rule change a year ago. Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

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