NCAA eases up rules on transfers, redshirts
Think you know all the NCAA transfer and redshirt rules? Think again.
The NCAA announced changes to rules involving transfers and redshirt procedures Wednesday.
The Division I council adopted a proposal that prevent schools from blocking transfer requests from student-athletes. Under the new rule, student-athletes can transfer to a different school without asking their current school for permission.
According to the NCAA's release, student-athletes who wish to transfer will notify their current school of their desire to transfer. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base. Once the name is in the database, other coaches can contact that student.
With the rule change, schools can't prevent specific programs from contacting a transferring student-athlete. If another school tampers with studentathlete, it could be a Level 2 violation.
“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. “This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete.”
The rule will go into effect Oct. 15.
Additionally, the NCAA adopted a proposal from the Division I Council that will allow football players to play in up to four games without losing a season of competition.
The rule essentially allows players to retain a redshirt year if they play in four games or less in a season due to injury or other factors.
The rule will go into effect for the 2018-19 season.