NCAA eases up on Division I football redshirt restrictions

NCAA eases up on Division I football redshirt restrictions

Jackson eventually transferred to Blinn College, going the junior college route, and then signed for the 2018 season with Ohio State, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Murray has another season of college football eligibility that he could use beyond this year, although he's obviously decided that he'll be one-and-done as the Sooners' starting quarterback.

"I think it'd be great to be able to play four games and save the redshirt", Frost said.

It removes the upper hand that schools have long held over student-athletes looking to transfer.

Division I Council chair and University of Miami athletics director Blake James weighed in on the decision as part of an NCAA press release, the entirety of which can be found here.

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has been an outspoken proponent of the NCAA changing its redshirt rules to allow younger players the chance to get some limited game experience without losing a full year of eligibility. Because of the new rule, a player will be allowed to potentially play in four games in his redshirt season and complete seasons in four other seasons.

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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.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", said Nicholas Clark, a Division I student-athlete advisory committee representative.

The national transfer working group's discussions have also included removing or altering the current rule that forces athletes to sit out a year without competing at their new school.

If a student enrolls midyear and plays in a postseason football game before or during their first term, the new rule does not apply.

Herman has said previously it's his belief athletes should get to play five years without any restrictions. A proposal was originally presented to the D-I Council in April, but tabled to allow conferences to provide feedback from spring meetings.

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. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools.