NCAA passes reform that allows athletes to transfer without permission

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Once the name is in the database, other coaches can contact that student. The new redshirt rule takes effect this season.

But a change to that rule will now allow for some breathing room.

Under the new rule, athletes would be permitted to be contacted when they notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited.

The outgoing rule that required athletes to get permission before transferring was meant to prevent schools from recruiting athletes from other schools.

"I think this new rule will be a great opportunity for a student-athlete and their overall college experience", Mendenhall said in a statement provided by a spokesman. Freiermuth and Kuntz, who may have played regardless of the rule change, will now be able to showcase whether or not they can get the job done over returners like Danny Dalton, Jon Holland, and Nick Bowers early in the year, while Luketa, Gordon, and Humphries will all be able to get special teams work along with some September reps to see how they could contribute.

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A new transfer rule, which goes into effect October 15, removes the previous requirement that athletes must seek permission from their current schools before letting other schools know they'd like to transfer.

"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 recent Coastal Carolina graduate and the student representative to the council.

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.

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. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition". "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".

Though the national rule is changing, individual conferences still have the right to implement more restrictive transfer rules. The proposal was initially tabled in April over concerns about timing, the number of games and potential application to other sports, according to a release by the NCAA. Currently, a student's notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not a listed reason a school can use to cancel aid. "The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games".

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