NCAA eases up on Division I football redshirt restrictions

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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.

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.

"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. The council adopted a process this week that will allow athletes to transfer to another school without seeking permission from their current school.

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.

Under the new system, if an athlete notifies his current coach that he wants to transfer, that coach is required to enter the athlete's name into a national transfer database within two business days.

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College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.

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.

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.

This legislation should allow younger players an opportunity to receive valuable in-game experience without burning one of their four years of eligibility. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules. The NCAA notes, however, that conferences can enact rules that are more restrictive than the national rule. 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 so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid. Now that will be re-examined in the fall.

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