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

13 June 2018

"The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new "notification-of-transfer" model", the NCAA writes.

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.

To address one specific concern, the Council specified that midyear enrollees can not use the exception to play a bowl game before their first academic term.

"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", said Miami athletic director and Division I Council chair Blake James in a statement. Under the new rule, student-athletes can transfer to a different school without asking their current school for permission.

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Think you know all the NCAA transfer and redshirt rules? Instead, the NCAA is creating a database in which schools must input a transfer candidate's information within two business days of that player filing their transfer paperwork.

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

Over the past few months, CBS reported multiple other transfer proposals, including one that would force all student-athletes to sit out a year after transferring, and another that would lessen the mandated time out for students who meet a certain GPA threshold.

In an attempt to prevent schools from tampering with student-athletes already enrolled at another institution, the NCAA has made tampering a Level 2 violation.

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The Division I Council officially approved a new rule on Wednesday that will eliminate the permission-to-contact process when a student-athlete transfers programs.

Conferences are still allowed to make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.

The change will allow players to maintain a year of eligibility in the event of injuries of other factors require them to play and opens the door to greater development earlier in a players' college career. 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.

"Another financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences". Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

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