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NCAA To Institute "Academic Redshirt" Qualifier Status Beginning In 2016

The NCAA continues to add emphasis to academics, and beginning in 2016, they will add a redshirt stipulation for incoming freshmen.

While the sliding scale made up from GPA and SAT/ACT scores, as well as the minimum 2.0 GPA, will go unchanged for players to qualify to participate in the NCAA, players whose 16 "minimum core course" GPA is between 2.0 and 2.3 will be required to take an "Academic Redshirt" as freshmen.

The NCAA Eligibility Center released a definition of an Academic Redshirt player:

A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the year.

While players and coaches will probably balk at this new requirement, if the NCAA wants to continue to promote academics, giving players who struggle academically a semester to acclimate to college life without the pressure of games probably isn't the worst thing in the world.

[NCAA.org via 247Sports]