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NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes

Penn State head coach James Franklin addresses the team during practice in Holuba NCAA announces transfer, redshirt rule changes
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2018, 08:29

Nicholas Clark, a former Coastal Carolina football player and member of the Division I transfer group, offered up these comments on the new rule. The policy will not go into effect until October 15. Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 38-17. The NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule.

Redshirting is beneficial for players still because they get "extra lifting, they get some extra time with (strength and conditioning coaches) and those guys", Stoops said, especially offensive and defensive linemen.

For instance, in May 2017, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder initially blocked 35 schools for wide receiver Corey Sutton to attend when he informed the Wildcats he wanted to transfer.

The executive director of the American Football Coaches Association and former Louisiana-Monroe head coach had been pushing for almost two decades to change the NCAA's rules regarding redshirts. At that point, coaches from other schools are free to contact the student.

The NCAA made the announcement in this release on Wednesday afternoon.

"There's still a lot of parameters to be worked out, but it's a good step where they're going to allow a kid to transfer for whatever reason that he can put his name in that database", Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said.

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The change in policy is also a major win for coaches at the FCS level (63-scholarship limit), especially at private schools that don't draw many walk-ons and commonly have depth issues as coaches have tried to redshirt as many true freshmen as possible. However, all scholarship aid is usually rescinded if the athlete leaves to go elsewhere.

It works in reverse, too.

A couple of days later, Murray agreed to terms with the A's, although the contract reportedly contained language that would allow him to play college football for just one more season.

"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. None of the options were in the Big 12. That's potentially three more games. "Give people an opportunity to play".

"Even if some senior players decide it's not in their best interest to play in a bowl game, what a wonderful thing it would be to play some of the freshman in that bowl game and not lose their redshirt year".

Standoffs between athletes and coaches over transfers have often led to embarrassing results for schools standing in the way of players who want to leave.