"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", said Nicholas Clark, a former player at Coastal Carolina who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Previously, college coaches were able to block the transferring athlete from certain schools, and the athlete was required to obtain permission for schools to contact him.
The second, football players can participate in as many as four games without it counting toward the four seasons allowed in five years, effective immediately for the 2018-19 season.
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.
The NCAA has made several attempts in recent years to change transfer rules, but this is the first to come up with something substantive - if not comprehensive.
Miami Athletic Director Blake James, the Division I Council Chair, said it's a move that will benefit both players and coaches.
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Per NCAA.org's Michelle Brutlag Hosick, the Division I Council approved a new "notification-of-transfer " rule that requires schools to enter a student who wishes to transfer into the national transfer database.
To address one specific concern, the Council specified that midyear enrollees can not use the exception to play a bowl game before their first academic term.
But a change to that rule will now allow for some breathing room. 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.
Last season, this opportunity may have led to redshirts like quarterback Tommy DeVito and cornerback Ifeatu Meliufonwu seeing playing time as they prepared to step into larger roles. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools. The so-called autonomy conferences will consider two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.