NCAA eases up rules on transfers, red­shirts

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Brooke Pryor bpryor@ok­la­

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.

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