The NCAA altered some of its rules today. Surprisingly, given the history of the organization, the changes actually made sense.
One of the rules allows football players to participate in up to four games in a season without losing a redshirt. But the biggest change allows student-athletes to transfer without having to ask permission from their current school.
We’ve all seen stories of school’s blocking a player’s transfer to a certain program. Often times schools back off those restrictions after some public pressure.
Now, they won’t be allowed to block a player in the first place.
“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”
Starting in October, student-athletes can transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their school for permission: https://t.co/TgTuSBcCnF
— NCAA (@NCAA) June 13, 2018
We’ve complained about the NCAA and its arcane rules plenty of times, so we’ll be fair here. This was a wise decision.
Good for them.
Anything that provides more freedom for the players to move seems like a good measure.