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.
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. It applies to both the FBS and FCS beginning this season.
This legislation should allow younger players an opportunity to receive valuable in-game experience without burning one of their four years of eligibility.
The previous rule was scrutinized as transferring players were limited in what schools they were able to choose from after being blocked from specific programs.
Nicholas Clark, a former football player at Coastal Carolina and a member of a student representative on the council, said the change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes. "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries", James said.
For the first time, college football players will be able to participate in part of a season, not miss time due to injury, and still be able to redshirt.
Berry was extremely optimistic about the proposal's chances following the AFCA Convention in January, was less positive in March and cautious in April, when the proposal was tabled over questions about timing, the number of games and potential application to other sports.
"Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition".
James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group.
According to the NCAA's release, student-athletes who wish to transfer will notify their current school of their desire to transfer.
Transfer candidates previously needed permission to contact other programs.
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 NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.