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

NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

Division I Eliminates Permission-to-Contact Transfer Process

Jackson eventually transferred to Blinn College, going the junior college route, and then signed for the 2018 season with Ohio State, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"Now you're getting to midseason or close to the end and you're making a run to get into a bowl game or what have you", Moos said, "and you have some injuries and such and that player (who redshirts) is ready, because he's had a couple months of scrimmage, he's been in the weight room and he's acclimated".

Alabama coach Nick Saban had been one of the proponents of this policy, which allows young players to gain valuable in-game experience while providing an added insurance policy for injuries that occur throughout the season.

Because of situations like that one and dozens of others through the years, Mark Stoops said he is in favor of the change announced by the Division I Council.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Blake said. NCAA rules grant athletes five years of eligibility but can only play in four.

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The transfer rule will generate the most buzz, though. The proposal was initially tabled in April over concerns about timing, the number of games and potential application to other sports, according to a release by the NCAA. The Division I Board of Directors developed a series of principles to guide the Transfer Working group, which included that any rule changes should "support the academic success of student-athletes", and "be based on data and create the least restrictive environment possible for student-athletes". Student athletes will no longer be required to seek permission - or a release - from their current school to transfer to a specific program, eliminating the ability of programs to block players from certain schools.

If a student enrolls midyear and plays in a postseason football game before or during their first term, the new rule does not apply. A player who moves from one ACC school to another must sit out one season and will lose a season of eligibility.

"Then pull the guys back that aren't ready and allow the guys that are to continue playing during the season".

Redshirting is beneficial for players still because they get "extra lifting, they get some extra time with (strength and conditioning coaches) and those guys", Stoops said, especially offensive and defensive linemen. "The opportunity to play in a small number of games will ease this decision for coaches and help the student-athlete's development and transition to the college game".

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