Athletes can transfer without permission

Virginia Santiago
June 15, 2018

Wednesday, the NCAA's Division I council also announced a change in the way transfers will work.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday a change to its redshirt rules, which will now allow a player to participate in up to four games without without losing his redshirt.

Previously, a football player who played in a game or fewer lost a year of eligibility but could appeal to get the year back because of injury or other reasons.

Mid-year enrollees will not be allowed to participate in bowl games but, other than that, there are no limitations on the four games redshirt players can participate in.

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Stipulations of the rule have not been released yet. This not only gives younger players on-field experience, but a chance to keep their eligibility. Under the new rule, student-athletes can transfer to a different school without asking their current school for permission. It discouraged recruiting players from other programs.

But a change to that rule will now allow for some breathing room.

Effective October 15, athletes can inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then require that school enter the student's name into a national transfer database within two business days.

Other rules remain in place however. "First of all, Bob (Ley), I like the fact that the NCAA is being less restrictive...it's about time because they have really run this organization with no concern or care for the student-athlete".

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These updated guidelines give Florida State football some leeway with its roster.

The new redshirt rule has been widely praised by college football fans.

Being able to play someone like that less than a handful of games and allowing him to keep that final year of eligibility might have made McWilson a more viable National Football League prospect or helped UK's secondary later. Yet many had observed that Deondre Francois looked more capable than Cosentino throughout the year.

Certainly, coaches now have to be cognizant of roster management as they must keep track of how many games a redshirt has played. Under previous rules, any participation in a game meant that a player's redshirt year, which offers them an extra year of competition at some point down the road, was used up. At first thought, the new rule should benefit less competitive Power Five teams and all the Group of Five teams. Last spring at Kansas State, reserve receiver Corey Sutton said he was blocked from transferring to 35 schools by coach Bill Snyder before the school finally relented amid public pressure. How Taggart plans to use those options remains unknown. A counter thought is coaches seeking to raid rosters of opponents is at least as harmful to the game. Because of the length of the current transfer process, many of those cases slow down and cooler heads prevail. The rule changes prevents coaches and administrators from preventing athletes to contact certain schools.

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