Rules changes for transfers, red­shirt­ing

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

The As­so­ci­ated Press

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

The NCAA Division I Coun­cil ap­proved the change ef­fec­tive Oct. 15 on Wed­nes­day. The coun­cil also de­cided that D-I foot­ball play­ers will be al­lowed to play in up to four games in a sea­son with­out los­ing a year of el­i­gi­bil­ity if they can no longer play be­cause of in­juries “or other fac­tors.”

The long-awaited trans­fer re­form ended up be­ing a nar­row change, but should pro­vide more free­dom for ath­letes to trans­fer when and where they want.

Un­der the new rule, ath­letes would be per­mit­ted to be con­tacted when they no­tify their cur­rent coaches, who have two days to en­ter the names into a data­base cre­ated and man­aged by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be re­cruited. The change will come with stricter tam­per­ing rules to help ap­pease coaches, who worry il­le­gal re­cruit­ing could rise.

Cur­rently, an ath­lete must ask a coach for per­mis­sion to con­tact other schools when choos­ing to trans­fer. A school in­ter­ested in re­cruit­ing a trans­fer­ring player also must ask the cur­rent school for per­mis­sion to re­cruit. With­out per­mis­sion from the orig­i­nal school, the ath­lete can­not get fi­nan­cial aid from an­other school, es­sen­tially block­ing a trans­fer.

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