"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, per the NCAA.
The new rule could change how college coaches handle playing time for certain players, especially younger ones.
The Division I council adopted a proposal that prevent schools from blocking transfer requests from student-athletes. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base. Instead of a student-athlete asking for permission to transfer from his or her school, the student-athlete will now simply inform the school of his or her decision to transfer.
"Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressured to play through the injuries". It takes effect October 15. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition". Once the individual's name is in the database, coaches at other institutions have free reign to contact the student.
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. Schools would often block permission to conference opponents, rivals or programs that recruited prospects out of high school, which would often force student-athletes to transfer down to junior college before landing at their school of choice.
Under previous NCAA rules, programs could deny student-athletes permission to seek transfers to schools for any reason, no matter how inconsequential. The NCAA release does say, however, that conferences can still make rules within this process that are more restrictive than the national rule. 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.
Before, playing one snap of Division I football would have claimed a season of eligibility. Golfers, tennis players and other athletes in traditionally nonrevenue sports can transfer one time without sitting out.
In an attempt to prevent schools from tampering with student-athletes already enrolled at another institution, the NCAA has made tampering a Level 2 violation.
"Another financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences".