Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

NCAA changes redshirt rule eligibility

NCAA changes redshirt rule eligibility

The NCAA has passed a rule that allows college football players to play up to four games without burning their redshirt.

The NCAA announced two major rules changes to the college athletics landscape Wednesday.

"College athletes competing in Division I football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition, the Division I Council decided this week at its meeting in Indianapolis", the statement reads.

According to the ACC's proposal: "The current rule often places coaches in a hard position to decide whether to play a student-athlete in a limited amount of competition or to preserve the student-athlete's season of eligibility". Beginning this season, athletes can play up to four games without losing a year of eligibility, a boon to incoming freshmen or those who get hurt during the season.

The NCAA's Division I Council approved the new rule this week.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being".

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"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", said Nicholas Clark, a recent Coastal Carolina graduate and the student representative to the council.

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.

Herman has said previously it's his belief athletes should get to play five years without any restrictions. The new NCAA rule does not change the injury redshirt process. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron has spoken in favor of this rule change in the past.

"Even if some senior players decide it's not in their best interest to play in a bowl game, what a wonderful thing it would be to play some of the freshman in that bowl game and not lose their redshirt year". "It can protect the player and their redshirt year, help gain a little bit of experience for the following year, and overall I think it's a very good rule", Stoops said when it was introduced last June. Now, a player simply has to tell his school he wishes to transfer and the school will have two business days to put their name into a national transfer database.

The first, beginning October 15 student-athletes will be able to transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission across all sports.

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