No Permission Needed: NCAA Approves New Transfer Rule

Kristopher Nichols
June 14, 2018

The NCAA announced a significant change to its redshirt and transfer policies for football players on Wednesday.

The new rule will have the greatest impact on true freshmen as they get acclimated later in the season, players recovering from offseason injuries that might otherwise miss a whole year and players who were going to redshirt but would've lost a year of eligibility late in the season due to a lack of depth and injuries at their position.

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", Miami athletics director Blake James, chairman of the Division I Council, said in a statement.

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has been an outspoken proponent of the NCAA changing its redshirt rules to allow younger players the chance to get some limited game experience without losing a full year of eligibility.

Under previous NCAA rules, programs could deny student-athletes permission to seek transfers to schools for any reason, no matter how inconsequential.

In recent years, a number of high profile cases became public where a coach and school attempted to block an athlete from transferring to a rival program or one in the same conference it competed in.

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One of the lone exceptions to the rule appears to keep a mid-year enrollee from participating in a bowl game that takes place before he has his first academic term at the school. "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".

Over the past few months, CBS reported multiple other transfer proposals, including one that would force all student-athletes to sit out a year after transferring, and another that would lessen the mandated time out for students who meet a certain GPA threshold. The rule changes were decided by the Division I Council in Indianapolis this week.

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. So if Ehlinger, or any other player, puts their name in the transfer database, it's most likely a point of no return.

Previously a player would lose his redshirt status after taking the field for a single play.

Moos also weighed in on the redshirt rule, and like Frost, sees benefits for both coaches and student-athletes.

"I understand the rationale of why", Del Conte said.

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