NCAA Approves New Rule Allowing Players to Participate in 4 Games and Maintain Redshirt

By RLR Staff on June 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm
Sep 30, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; Footballs with the college football playoff logo sit on the field during warmups prior to the game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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The era of reform has continued to take hold around college athletics and at the NCAA. After sweeping changes to recruiting rules last year, the governing body has now changed the eligibility rules for football players as it relates to redshirt seasons.

The change was one of many floated over the last year, and was actually tabled in April of this year due to concerns about the timing and other factors. However, after refining some specifics, the rule was officially adopted today and will take effect this season.

It will be interesting to see how these changes are implemented by coaches. Expect to see some give players a shot in early season games to see if a newcomer is ready to play at the collegiate level before burning an entire season of eligibility. Others figure hold players back until late season games, or bowl games, after having a chance to adjust to the faster game, and play out the remainder of the season and still maintain four full years of eligibility. This could also allow players returning from injury an opportunity to maintain eligibility and not be forced to miss an entire season regardless of their recovery timeline. It may also remove some of the ambiguity surrounding medical hardship rules.

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