NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football

NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football

The new rule could change how college coaches handle playing time for certain players, especially younger ones. In order to help prevent potential tampering incidents, such occurrences have been increased to Level 2 NCAA violations.

Florida coach Dan Mullen said of the transfer rule change at the SEC meeting: "The players have to express an interest in wanting to transfer, and then that would go and happen".

The change to the freshmen rule should mean coaches will roll out first-year players that they wouldn't have in years past.

The transfer working group initially was looking at uniform rules across all sports. Currently, players have five years to compete in up to four seasons.

The proposal, which will go into effect beginning October 15, states athletes will have the freedom to transfer without getting permission from their current school.

The rule change, which will go into effect in the 2018 season, primarily is aimed at allowing coaches the ability to play freshmen in a limited number of games without burning a redshirt season.

But then head coach Jimbo Fisher did not want to burn his redshirt for one bowl game, so Francois remained on the sidelines while Cosentino struggled on the field.

A general view of Lane Stadium
A general view of Lane Stadium

"We were borderline playing probably four, five, six of these guys" in 2017, Stoops said of the redshirt players who could have been difference makers for United Kingdom at various points during the season like Alex King or Jordan Wright. A player who moves from one ACC school to another must sit out one season and will lose a season of eligibility. "You want to play them as much as you can".

Now, coaches can exhale knowing they can bolster depth with redshirt candidates as long as they don't play more than four games. It may not be Game 1 but he may be better at the position in Game 4 than the guy in front of him. Certainly some coaches may selfishly try to keep players from going.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami athletics director Blake James, chairman of the Division I Council, said in a statement.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", former Coastal Carolina football player Nicholas Clark said in a release.

While the new rule certainly loosens some of the shackles facing student-athletes who wish to transfer, changes that might eliminate the year-in-residency requirement for undergraduate transfers in the top revenue sports of basketball and football were tabled for further discussion. It's possible that they might only apply to the first four games of the season, though the quote mentioned in the press release doesn't specify.

Think about the Austin Peay game in 2016 when quarterback Stephen Johnson was hurting from a knee injury against Tennessee and Drew Barker was out with a back injury.

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