NCAA approves 4-game redshirt rule for college football

NCAA approves 4-game redshirt rule for college football

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.

As of now, this rule does not apply to sports other than college football, but the Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee is examining "how a similar concept could be applied to other sports, including what number of games would be appropriate", according to the NCAA's release. Instead, the NCAA is creating a database in which schools must input a transfer candidate's information within two business days of that player filing their transfer paperwork.

Currently, an athlete must ask a coach for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer. "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".

This proposal has been working its way through the process for almost a year and goes into effect on October 15. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

To address one specific concern, the Council specified that midyear enrollees can not use the exception to play a bowl game before their first academic term. "I'm proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools". Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student. Schools would often block permission to conference opponents, rivals or programs that recruited prospects out of high school, which would often force student-athletes to transfer down to junior college before landing at their school of choice.

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

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. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.

To help prevent potential loopholes, the NCAA says mid-year enrollees who play in bowl games before or during their first term at a school will not be eligible. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.