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NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers

NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers

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. Once the name has been entered into the database, other schools can reach out.

The NCAA announced on rule change on Wednesday that allows for redshirted college football players to play in as many as four games during the course of a season without having to burn their redshirt year.

Sadly, the rule is not retroactive to players who may have taken a few snaps here or there in the past few years.

In recent years, a number of high profile cases became public where a coach and school attempted to block an athlete from transferring to a rival program or one in the same conference it competed in.

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

Previously a player would lose his redshirt status after taking the field for a single play.




It will be interesting to see how all these changes play out down the road but the bottom line is it was a big, big day for players across the country with these rules proposals getting passed.

Nicholas Clark, a former football player at Coastal Carolina and a student representative on the council, said the change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes.

According to the ACC's proposal: "The current rule often places coaches in a hard position to decide whether to play a student-athlete in a limited amount of competition or to preserve the student-athlete's season of eligibility". Now, coaches will be able to use a true freshman on a limited basis in up to four games and that player would still have four years of additional eligibility.

The Transfer Working Group first introduced the proposal in fall 2017, aiming to detach a student-athlete's pursuit of transferring to a different school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new college or university.

This is an interesting, and I think mostly good, change.

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has been an outspoken proponent of the NCAA changing its redshirt rules to allow younger players the chance to get some limited game experience without losing a full year of eligibility. As part of the rule change approved this week, tampering with a current student-athlete at another school is now a potential Level 2 violation which could bring penalties from the NCAA's Infractions Committee.


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