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NCAA Changes Redshirt And Transfer Rules

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Big changes coming for college football

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA announced some big changes to their redshirt and transfer rules this week according to reports.

According to USA Today, the first change was to the transfer rule. Before schools and coaches could limit where you transfer, and give you approved schools that you could go to. Many times this was done in a selfish manner to protect the coach and the school. Now the rules is “Transfers may now leave without asking their current school for permission. Under this new “notification-of-transfer” model, student-athletes will have their names entered into a national database, and coaches from other programs can then reach out to gauge interest.”

This would be great, as athletes from peer schools like Syracuse, Pittsburgh etc that might consider going to BC now can transfer, when before they would have to sit out or were blocked all together. However, and this is a big caveat, the NCAA gave conferences the right to adjust rules as they want, which given what we saw with Saddiq Bey and the ACC’s archaic rules, this could all be for naught.

The other rule, and the more promising one involves the redshirt rule. According to the USA Today report: “The same four-in-five timeline exists, only with a catch: Players can now participate in up to four games in a season and still retain that year of eligibility, a change that promotes “fairness for college athletes,” said Miami (Fla.) athletics director Blake James, chair of the Division I Council.

This is a win win for all involved. Student athletes can play, and coaches can get a better feel of what a player does on the field. The article mentions it favors the powerhouses because near the end of the year a team like Clemson or Alabama can infuse even more depth, but this is still a win for Boston College. As the season wears on, and players inevitably get hurt, this will give Steve Addazio flexibility to try out some freshmen and not worry about burning a redshirt. This is valuable in terms of evaluating and developing players, something Addazio really prides himself on.

It’s important to note that this redshirt rule is only valid moving forward, and wouldn’t count for someone like EJ Perry IV who saw limited action last season.