A new rule regarding redshirts that a lot of college coaches were advocates for has passed by a vote from the Division I Council.
Division I athletes who are designated redshirts can now participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition.
Miami (FL) athletic director Blake James shared the following via a release from the NCAA:
“This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being. Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries,” James said. “Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition.”
The new rule is obviously aimed at creating more participation opportunities, which will also allow the coaches some valuable game reps to evaluate their guys, especially toward the end of the season.
Wouldn’t it be great if that rule were retroactive so that players on campus now who had their redhsirt burned would get an extra year? This definitive answer from the NCAA assures that is not the case.
It's not retroactive. Only for competition that occurs on or after Aug. 1, 2018.
— Michelle Hosick (@NCAAMichelle) June 13, 2018
The new rule change will be effective for the 2018-19 football season.