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NCAA Changes Redshirt Rule

NCAA Changes Redshirt Rule”

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

Alabama coach Nick Saban had been one of the proponents of this policy, which allows young players to gain valuable in-game experience while providing an added insurance policy for injuries that occur throughout the season. Four games, to be exact.

"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.

Under previous NCAA rules, programs could deny student-athletes permission to seek transfers to schools for any reason, no matter how inconsequential.

The NCAA has made several attempts in recent years to change transfer rules, but this is the first to come up with something substantive - if not comprehensive.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", said Nicholas Clark, a Division I student-athlete advisory committee representative.

Under the new system, a student can inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, and then the school must enter that student's name into a national transfer database within two business days.

The NCAA transfer working group, led by South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, has been working on reform since a year ago. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear.

Before, playing one snap of Division I football would have claimed a season of eligibility.

With the rule change, schools can't prevent specific programs from contacting a transferring student-athlete. The NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule. There was never serious consideration to lifting the year-in-residence altogether, but tying unrestricted transfer to an athlete's grade-point average was considered.

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.

The transfer working group initially was looking at uniform rules across all sports.



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