NCAA approves 4-game redshirt rule for college football

NCAA approves 4-game redshirt rule for college football

A new NCAA ruling that will allow football players to participate in up to four games in a season without losing their redshirt would've been especially handy for Kentucky on numerous occasions during the Mark Stoops era.

American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry lobbied for the redshirt rule change for years and reiterated it had "unanimous" support from the coaches. Without permission from the original school, the athlete can not get financial aid from another school, essentially blocking a transfer. "We'll obviously study the rule and the implications in more detail, but in my opinion, it's good for student-athletes and good for our game".

The NCAA has approved a massive change to transfer rules as student-athletes will no longer be required to gain permission to contact schools once they decide to leave their current institution, essentially ending the practice of blocking transfers by schools.

The NCAA also announced its continuing effort to improve rules regarding graduate transfers and is "exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules".

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"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said council chair Blake James, who is the athletic director at Miami.

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. This new rule comes following a recommendation from the NCAA's 19-member Division I Transfer Working Group, who studied, researched and debated the issue for six months. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base.

Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league. Once an athlete's name is in the database, other school are free to make contact.

In recent seasons, Stoops also has lamented having to play guys who probably needed an extra year of development to reach their full potential, specifically mentioning players like defensive back Marcus McWilson and wide receiver Charles Walker. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules. There was never serious consideration to lifting the year-in-residence altogether, but tying unrestricted transfer to an athlete's grade-point average was considered. The autonomy conferences will consider, by an electronic vote, two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

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