NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

Previously, college coaches were able to block the transferring athlete from certain schools, and the athlete was required to obtain permission for schools to contact him.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that players will be allowed to play in up to four games a season while still retaining their redshirt status.

"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. The council adopted a process this week that will allow athletes to transfer to another school without seeking permission from their current school. At that point, coaches from other schools are free to contact the student.

Per NCAA.org's Michelle Brutlag Hosick, the Division I Council approved a new "notification-of-transfer " rule that requires schools to enter a student who wishes to transfer into the national transfer database. When defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson made a decision to transfer from Auburn after the 2016 season, Jackson said that Auburn would block him from transferring to another SEC school, Ohio State, Clemson or Georgia.

Despite the NCAA's new transfer model, conferences can still have rules more restrictive than at the national level.

To be clear, undergraduates still have to sit out a year when transferring.

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

The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will examine how a similar rule could be applied to other sports and will consult with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, according to the NCAA.

There was discussion about easing that restriction, which doesn't exist in most NCAA sports. That idea has fallen off the table amid concerns about creating an inequitable system that could face legal challenges.

More changes could be on the wayAnother financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences. Currently, a student's notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not one of the listed reasons a school can use to cancel aid. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

Beyond this change, the Transfer Working Group is considering other transfer issues, including the processes surrounding postgraduate transfers. Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

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