Saturday, 23 June, 2018

NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football

Former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy works through drills during Alabama football practice Monday Nov. 28 2016 at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa Ala NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes
Kristopher Love | 13 June, 2018, 23:42

The NCAA has passed a rule that allows college football players to play up to four games without burning their redshirt. Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student. Last season, this opportunity may have led to redshirts like quarterback Tommy DeVito and cornerback Ifeatu Meliufonwu seeing playing time as they prepared to step into larger roles.

"What I like about the four games, and the model that I think we would use, is you play the first three games to see who can actually do it", Franklin said during spring practice.

Transfer candidates previously needed permission to contact other programs. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base.

While conferences can still vote to create more restrictive legislation - such as preventing in-conference moves - this ruling should decrease the number of instances in which schools block players from transferring.

The first, beginning October 15 student-athletes will be able to transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission across all sports.

The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will examine how a similar rule could be applied to other sports and will consult with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, according to the NCAA.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change.

In what is becoming a landmark day for college football rule changes, the NCAA has altered its redshirt policy for the sport. Applications for the rule to be applied to other Division I sports is now being looked at by the council.

"Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressured to play through the injuries".

Much of the talk about transfers focuses on the so-called year-in-residence, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools.

Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.
More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules.