NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

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.

Previously, only players who did not play a snap in a season or were sidelined by injury before playing in more than four games were generally granted redshirts by the NCAA.

Previously, a football player who played in a game or fewer lost a year of eligibility but could appeal to get the year back because of injury or other reasons.

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.

Some long needed common sense has finally been added to the transfer process by the NCAA.

With the rule change, schools can't prevent specific programs from contacting a transferring student-athlete.

Under the new system, if an athlete notifies his current coach that he wants to transfer, that coach is required to enter the athlete's name into a national transfer database within two business days. 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.

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. "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", Miami AD Blake James said. 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. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

"I really think that is a good dialogue to be having right now", Harbaugh said. A proposal was originally presented to the D-I Council in April, but tabled to allow conferences to provide feedback from spring meetings. Golfers, tennis players and other athletes in traditionally nonrevenue sports can transfer one time without sitting out. The NCAA also adopted a new policy this week that prevents schools from telling student-athletes where they can and can't transfer to.

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.