Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes

"The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new "notification-of-transfer" model", the NCAA writes. It takes effect October 15. But it wasn't until Tuesday's announcement that the transfer dynamic truly changed. The change will come with stricter tampering rules to help appease coaches who worry illegal recruiting could rise. "This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student's name into a national transfer database within two business days".

In years past, if a player wanted to leave a school, the school, if it granted the player permission to contact other schools, could place restrictions on the school the player speaks to. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer.

Miami Athletic Director Blake James, the Division I Council Chair, said it's a move that will benefit both players and coaches.

The Division I Council officially approved a new rule on Wednesday that will eliminate the permission-to-contact process when a student-athlete transfers programs.

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While it's unclear where most of the Class of 2018 stands in regard to early playing time, it stands to reason that down the stretch of this fall - as has been the case in the past - there will be players who can benefit from the four-game redshirt rule. Last spring at Kansas State, reserve receiver Corey Sutton said he was blocked him from transferring to 35 schools by coach Bill Snyder before the school finally relented amid public pressure.

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. The NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule.

"The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules", Sell said. 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.

Much of the talk about transfers focuses on the so-called year-in-residence, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools.

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