NCAA passes significant transfer reforms, redshirt rule


The new rule will go into effect during the upcoming, 2018-19 season. Then, other coaches are free to contact the player.

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. That rule was meant to stop DI coaches from recruiting athletes from other DI schools.

The previous rule required permission for the athletes to be able to contact another school to receive a scholarship after transferring.

However, under the new system, individual conferences can agree on their own transfer rules - like mandating time off of competion when an athlete transfers within his or her conference.

Schools have drawn criticism for preventing a student-athlete from transferring to a program that better suits them, either academically or in their chosen sport.

The Division I Board of Directors developed a series of principles to guide the Transfer Working group, which included that any rule changes should "support the academic success of student-athletes", and "be based on data and create the least restrictive environment possible for student-athletes".

The transfer working group initially was looking at uniform rules across all sports.

Additionally, in the next week or so, legislation regarding financial aid could be modified. Now, a player simply has to tell his school he wishes to transfer and the school will have two business days to put their name into a national transfer database.

It will be interesting to see how all these changes play out down the road but the bottom line is it was a big, big day for players across the country with these rules proposals getting passed.

Former Coastal Carolina football player Nick Clark, who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Division I Council, likes the transparency of the new rule.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami athletics director Blake James, chairman of the Division I Council, said in a statement. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete". Under the new rule, that could continue but coaches will have the opportunity to play freshmen in up to four games during their first year on campus.

Previously a player would lose his redshirt status after taking the field for a single play. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".