NCAA Changes Redshirt Rule

Florence Fletcher
June 14, 2018

"I think this new rule will be a great opportunity for a student-athlete and their overall college experience", Mendenhall said in a statement provided by a spokesman. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

Division I college athletes seeking to transfer have an easier path to their new school, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.

"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, per the NCAA.

The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new "notification-of-transfer" model. Instead of a student-athlete asking for permission to transfer from his or her school, the student-athlete will now simply inform the school of his or her decision to transfer. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools.

Former Coastal Carolina football player Nick Clark, who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Division I Council, likes the transparency of the new rule. In turn, the player's name will be added to a national "transfer database" which allows coaches from other programs to contact that player without restrictions. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

The NCAA said legislation that governs when a Power Five school can reduce or cancel financial aid for an athlete may be looked at next week. 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. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

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