NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

The Division I council also slightly altered transfer rules.

American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry lobbied for the redshirt rule change for years and reiterated it had "unanimous" support from the coaches.

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.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being".

The NCAA Division I Council approved the proposed (2017-17) four-game redshirt rule, which was tabled in April, on Wednesday.

This is an interesting, and I think mostly good, change.

According to the NCAA's release, student-athletes who wish to transfer will notify their current school of their desire to transfer. 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.


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.

To be clear, undergraduates still have to sit out a year when transferring.

Before, playing one snap of Division I football would have claimed a season of eligibility.

Early playing time won't be kept just to the above group, of course, as the rest of the signees arrive soon, and the days of a player working his way into near playing status without playing due to outdated rules are over, meaning many first-year players could get some run this fall.

There was discussion about easing that restriction, which doesn't exist in most NCAA sports. 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.

The NCAA said legislation that governs when a Power Five school can reduce or cancel financial aid for an athlete may be looked at next week. Currently, a student's notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not one of the listed reasons a school can use to cancel aid.

Beyond this change, the Transfer Working Group is considering other transfer issues, including the processes surrounding postgraduate transfers.

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