NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

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The NCAA Division I Council announced Wednesday that it will adopt a new proposal that allows student-athletes to transfer without getting the permission of their current institution.

A new transfer rule, which goes into effect October 15, removes the previous requirement that athletes must seek permission from their current schools before letting other schools know they'd like to transfer. The new process allows the athlete to notify his current school of his desire to transfer and will then require the school to enter the student's name into a database within two business days of the request. The NCAA's Transfer Working Group first proposed this rule change previous year. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

The new rule will have the greatest impact on true freshmen as they get acclimated later in the season, players recovering from offseason injuries that might otherwise miss a whole year and players who were going to redshirt but would've lost a year of eligibility late in the season due to a lack of depth and injuries at their position. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools.

"The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules", said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State.

"Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule".

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A new policy adopted this week by the NCAA will allow student-athletes playing football at the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision levels to play in four games in a season without using a season of competition. 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.

As the attitudes toward the rights of student-athletes continue to loosen, these rules followed suit.

Nicholas Clark, a former Coastal Carolina football player and member of the Division I transfer group, offered up these comments on the new rule.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Blake said. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

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

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