NCAA tweaks redshirt rules, allows players to preserve eligibility

NCAA announces transfer redshirt rule changes

NCAA announces transfer redshirt rule changes

The NCAA also announced a new rule that allows football players who play in up to four games to still have the option of redshirting.

The new rule goes into effect for the upcoming season. Instead of a student-athlete asking for permission to transfer from his or her school, the student-athlete will now simply inform the school of his or her decision to transfer. Once the name is in the database, other coaches can contact that student.

The Division I council adopted a proposal that prevent schools from blocking transfer requests from student-athletes. That rule was meant to stop DI coaches from recruiting athletes from other DI 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. Instead, the NCAA is creating a database in which schools must input a transfer candidate's information within two business days of that player filing their transfer paperwork.

"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.

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Like other Power Five conferences, the ACC has extra restrictions on athletes who transfer within the conference. Freiermuth and Kuntz, who may have played regardless of the rule change, will now be able to showcase whether or not they can get the job done over returners like Danny Dalton, Jon Holland, and Nick Bowers early in the year, while Luketa, Gordon, and Humphries will all be able to get special teams work along with some September reps to see how they could contribute.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.

Starting this fall college football players will now be able to take part in up to four games and still keep their redshirt.

If a student enrolls midyear and plays in a postseason football game before or during their first term, the new rule does not apply. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

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