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"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", said Blake James, NCAA council chair and athletics director at Miami. Then, the school will have two days to put the student's name in a national transfer data base.

The idea behind the ruling is to allow players to keep a year of eligibility should they suffer a serious injury or "other factors" that limit them to a small number of games.

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. The NCAA says that part of the rule change was to relieve pressure from starters that feel obliged to play through injuries.

For all the attention that went to the new "notification" rule, it was not a broad or sweeping change to the transfer rules now in place.

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The executive director of the American Football Coaches Association and former Louisiana-Monroe head coach had been pushing for almost two decades to change the NCAA's rules regarding redshirts.

The NCAA announced a significant change to its redshirt and transfer policies for football players on Wednesday.

What it does do, though, is let a young player see action against Louisiana-LaFayette and The Citadel, get some game experience under his belt and not lose a year's eligibility. "Freshman players who have redshirted up to this point could still play in a bowl game and still be a redshirted player and have their five-year clock". The school then has 48 hours to submit the player's name to the NCAA for inclusion in a national transfer database.

With the rule change, schools can't prevent specific programs from contacting a transferring student-athlete. It's possible that they might only apply to the first four games of the season, though the quote mentioned in the press release doesn't specify.

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The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will examine how a similar rule could be applied to other sports and will consult with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, according to the NCAA.

Adjusting the rules and including some of the ideas above keeps the lessons of commitment in place, but also allows student-athletes who truly need to transfer for legitimate reasons to do so in a way that is reasoned and well-thought-out.

The new rules make it so schools the transferring student never thought about can reach out to him and recruit him.

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. During my coaching career we dealt with a number of players who considered transferring.

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The new "notification-of-transfer" model ends the controversial practice in which certain coaches or programs would bar players from suiting up for rivals or other schools on the schedule.