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NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

13 June, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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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.

College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. Under the new rule, student-athletes can transfer to a different school without asking their current school for permission.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", former Coastal Carolina football player Nicholas Clark said in the NCAA statement. 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. Last spring at Kansas State, reserve receiver Corey Sutton said he was blocked him from transferring to 35 schools by coach Bill Snyder before the school finally relented amid public pressure.

Once October hits, athletes won't come across that same problem and will be able to choose from any school that wants to recruit them after they're entered into the database.

Conferences are still allowed to make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.

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There will never be a day in which the NCAA and its members relinquish control over its labor force, but Wednesday was a big day for common sense in college football.

Per Hosick, starting with the upcoming 2018-19 academic year, the council also ruled athletes can play in up to four games each season without losing a season of competition.

"The change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said Miami (Florida) athletic director Blake James, who doubles as the chair of the Division I council. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

However, under the new system, individual conferences can agree on their own transfer rules - like mandating time off of competion when an athlete transfers within his or her conference. Conferences, however, can still put rules in play that forbid student-athletes from transferring within the conference without sitting out a year or some other stipulation.

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