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13 June 2018, 11:44 | Anna Jefferson
NCAA announces change to transfer policy, schools will no longer have ability to block transfers
The NCAA announced on Wednesday a new rule that will allow players to participate in up to, but no more than, four games while still being able to take a redshirt year.
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.
"What I like about the four games, and the model that I think we would use, is you play the first three games to see who can actually do it", Franklin said during spring practice.
College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base.
Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league.
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. "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", NCAA Division I Council chairperson and Miam athletic director Blake James said in an NCAA statement.
Players wanting to transfer previously had to request permission from their school to be released from their scholarship before seeking other options. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".
The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. Applications for the rule to be applied to other Division I sports is now being looked at by the council. "The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games".
Tampering by schools in transfer situations has been upgraded to a potential Level 2 violations, per the NCAA. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will examine how a similar rule could be applied to other sports and will consult with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, according to the NCAA.
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