NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers

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"Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition".

Currently, an athlete must ask a coach for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer.

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 change formally goes into effect on October 15.

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.

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.

The NCAA is changing a rule that allows schools to block student-athletes from transferring to different programs.

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools.

"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.

Under the new system, a student can inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, and then the school must enter that student's name into a national transfer database within two business days. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules.

"Once the student-athlete's name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual". A proposal was originally presented to the D-I Council in April, but tabled to allow conferences to provide feedback from spring meetings.

More changes could be on the wayAnother financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences.

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