Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

Also big? A so-called "redshirt rule" that would allow players to play in any four games during a season and still maintain a full season eligibility (they would still have five years to play four seasons). 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.

The Division I council adopted a proposal that prevent schools from blocking transfer requests from student-athletes.

"Once the student-athlete's name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual".

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.

Penn State head coach James Franklin had previously spoke in favor of the rule back when it was tabled in April, but the mid-June decision to push forward with the proposal will mean that any of the program's Class of 2018 signees, which will all be on campus by the end of the month, could see action at any point this season without being negatively impacted, as long as they do not play in more than four games.

Transfer candidates previously needed permission to contact other programs.

The rule changes were decided by the Division I Council in Indianapolis this week.

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.

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 will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

"Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule". 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. 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. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid. "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", Division I Council chair Blake James said.

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