NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers, redshirts for college football

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers, redshirts for college football

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. Because of the new rule, a player will be allowed to potentially play in four games in his redshirt season and complete seasons in four other seasons. Beginning this season, athletes can play up to four games without losing a year of eligibility, a boon to incoming freshmen or those who get hurt during the season.

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

Much of the talk about transfers focuses on the so-called year-in-residence, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools.

Like other Power Five conferences, the ACC has extra restrictions on athletes who transfer within the conference.

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools.

In an attempt to prevent schools from tampering with student-athletes already enrolled at another institution, the NCAA has made tampering a Level 2 violation. After two business days, opposing coaches are free to contact that athlete.

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The previous system required student-athletes wishing to transfer to get permission from their current school before contacting another school, and receiving a post-transfer scholarship offer.

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.

The new "notification-of-transfer" model will take effect on October 15, 2018.

"I applaud the NCAA for this rule change", Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente said Wednesday, in a statement released by the school.

"Now you're getting to midseason or close to the end and you're making a run to get into a bowl game or what have you", Moos said, "and you have some injuries and such and that player (who redshirts) is ready, because he's had a couple months of scrimmage, he's been in the weight room and he's acclimated".

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