NCAA passes 4-game redshirt rule; what it means for Syracuse football

  • NCAA passes 4-game redshirt rule; what it means for Syracuse football

NCAA passes 4-game redshirt rule; what it means for Syracuse football

Much of the talk about transfers focuses on the so-called year-in-residence, the one year a player in the most high-profile sports such as football and basketball must sit out after switching schools. The NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule.

Standoffs between athletes and coaches over transfers have often led to embarrassing results for schools standing in the way of players who want to leave.

Student-athletes have five years to complete four seasons of competition, so the new rule will allow an athlete to use a redshirt, if it hasn't been previously used, in up to four games of competition during the season.

The new transfer rule goes into effect October 15.

Currently, an athlete must ask a coach for permission to contact other schools when choosing to transfer.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", former Coastal Carolina football player Nicholas Clark said in a release. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

That's one way the model could work, but there is no limitation, meaning that a player could be used in game one, then game eight, and then the Big Ten title game, and then the College Football Playoff and still count the year as a redshirt.

MI coach Jim Harbaugh brought this subject up in December, when asked whether wide receiver Tarik Black would play in the Outback Bowl.

"I really think that is a good dialogue to be having right now", Harbaugh said. Freiermuth and Kuntz, who may have played regardless of the rule change, will now be able to showcase whether or not they can get the job done over returners like Danny Dalton, Jon Holland, and Nick Bowers early in the year, while Luketa, Gordon, and Humphries will all be able to get special teams work along with some September reps to see how they could contribute.

"Even if some senior players decide it's not in their best interest to play in a bowl game, what a wonderful thing it would be to play some of the freshman in that bowl game and not lose their redshirt year".