NCAA rule change means athletes no longer need permission to transfer

Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the College Football Playoff National Championship

Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the College Football Playoff National Championship

If, for example, a coach needs to dip into his depth chart at the end of the season, he can do so without burning a freshman's redshirt.

The NCAA made the announcement in this release on Wednesday afternoon. Should coaches allow freshmen to play four games in September and then get shelved the rest of the season?

The Transfer Working Group first introduced the proposal in fall 2017, aiming to detach a student-athlete's pursuit of transferring to a different school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new college or university.

The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.

In recent seasons, Stoops also has lamented having to play guys who probably needed an extra year of development to reach their full potential, specifically mentioning players like defensive back Marcus McWilson and wide receiver Charles Walker. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".

The Division I council adopted a proposal that prevent schools from blocking transfer requests from student-athletes. The problem herein lied in coaches preventing players to transfer to certain programs, like when Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan tried to block Jarrod Uthoff from moving onto any Big Ten schools. Instead of a student-athlete asking for permission to transfer from his or her school, the student-athlete will now simply inform the school of his or her decision to transfer.

A general view of Lane Stadium
A general view of Lane Stadium

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Clark said. "It can protect the player and their redshirt year, help gain a little bit of experience for the following year, and overall I think it's a very good rule", Stoops said when it was introduced last June. "I'm proud of the effort the transfer working group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools".

The second major rule change applies directly to football players.

Update: Also of note, the rule change will be in effect for the 2018-2019 season.

Murray has another season of college football eligibility that he could use beyond this year, although he's obviously decided that he'll be one-and-done as the Sooners' starting quarterback.

Now, if a player plays up to four games before getting injured, the team can still redshirt him and not lose a year of eligibility.

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