Previously, that rule allowed players to obtain a medical redshirt if they played in four games or less than 30 percent of their games that season.
Under previous NCAA rules, programs could deny student-athletes permission to seek transfers to schools for any reason, no matter how inconsequential. 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.
The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was meant to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools.
American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry lobbied for the redshirt rule change for years and reiterated it had "unanimous" support from the coaches.
"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.
The new redshirt rule will begin this season.
"The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new "notification-of-transfer" model", the NCAA writes.More news: Hurricane Bud expected to weaken as it heads for Baja
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"I applaud the NCAA for this rule change", Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente said Wednesday, in a statement released by the school.
The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.
Former Coastal Carolina football player Nick Clark, who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Division I Council, likes the transparency of the new rule.
However, under the new system, individual conferences can agree on their own transfer rules - like mandating time off of competion when an athlete transfers within his or her conference.
Previously, a player would be ineligible to redshirt if they played as little as one play in one game. "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".
"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change. "It's a positive for our student-athletes to be afforded the opportunity to get some limited game experience without penalizing them". Now, coaches will be able to use a true freshman on a limited basis in up to four games and that player would still have four years of additional eligibility.