Student-athletes no longer need permission from schools to transfer

Former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy works through drills during Alabama football practice Monday Nov. 28 2016 at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa Ala

NCAA announces change to transfer policy, schools will no longer have ability to block transfers

This new rule comes following a recommendation from the NCAA's 19-member Division I Transfer Working Group, who studied, researched and debated the issue for six months.

The NCAA also took a step forward regarding player rights in the highly controversial transfer system by deciding to eliminate the permission-to-contact process, starting in October.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Nicholas Clark said. Now, a player simply has to tell his school he wishes to transfer and the school will have two business days to put their name into a national transfer database. The NCAA also adopted a new policy this week that prevents schools from telling student-athletes where they can and can't transfer to. "Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries", James said. Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student.

The previous rule required permission for the athletes to be able to contact another school to receive a scholarship after transferring. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition". Applications for the rule to be applied to other Division I sports is now being looked at by the council.

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"What I like about the four games, and the model that I think we would use, is you play the first three games to see who can actually do it", Franklin said during spring practice.

Mid-year enrollees will not be allowed to participate in bowl games but, other than that, there are no limitations on the four games redshirt players can participate in. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.

If another school tampers with student-athlete, it could be a Level 2 violation. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear.

More changes could be on the wayAnother financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences.

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