NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

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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. The new rule will allow football players to not use up a season if they play in a small number of games due to an injury or other possible situations. This will be crucial during bowl season when younger players are often called upon to fill in gaps on the depth chart for various reasons.

"I applaud the NCAA for this rule change", Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente said Wednesday, in a statement released by the school.

COLLEGE athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.

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. "We'll obviously study the rule and the implications in more detail, but in my opinion, it's good for student-athletes and good for our game".

Black played in the first four games of the season in 2017 before suffering a broken foot, an injury that kept him sidelined the rest of the way. Applications for the rule to be applied to other Division I sports is now being looked at by the council.

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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.

In recent seasons, Stoops also has lamented having to play guys who probably needed an extra year of development to reach their full potential, specifically mentioning players like defensive back Marcus McWilson and wide receiver Charles Walker. The new redshirt rule takes effect this season. "It's a win for the student-athlete, and our coaches are tremendously excited about this opportunity".

As of now, this rule does not apply to sports other than college football, but the Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee is examining "how a similar concept could be applied to other sports, including what number of games would be appropriate", according to the NCAA's release. So if Ehlinger, or any other player, puts their name in the transfer database, it's most likely a point of no return. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

Previously, a player would be ineligible to redshirt if they played as little as one play in one game.

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