The NCAA passed out new rules and regulations regarding transfers and redshirts on Wednesday. How will these new guidelines impact Rice Football?
The NCAA might have just done something right. The Division I Council approved significant measures this week that will impact college football immediately, and Rice could be one of the beneficiaries. In short, the changes are two-fold.
First, there will no longer be any restrictions on athletes that wish to transfer. Rather than seeking approval from their current administration to contact another school, all players will now be free to notify their respective schools of their intent to transfer. Once that happens the school will enter his or hew name into a national database, officially giving other schools permission to reach out and discuss transfer options.
Second, the redshirt rule has been modified. Any student athlete that participates in any game will no longer have their redshirt immediately “burned”. Instead, a four-game grace period will be instituted. The same restrictions or five years to play four seasons will be in place, but playing a few games for experience or prior to an injury will no longer cost an athlete a full year of eligibility.
Where does Rice fit?
Every year the top-flight talent tends to accumulate at the same institutions. Alabama has more blue-chip running backs on their roster than they could possibly play. The same goes for Georgia quarterbacks and Stanford tight ends. Eventually, someone is going to get tired of riding the bench and decide they’d rather be on the field. That’s where Rice fits in.
Not only will Rice be ready to swoop in and offer early playing time to some of these disgruntled players, coach Mike Bloomgren will be able to sell the beginnings of an era (hopefully) unlike any other in Rice football history. Come be on the field. Come be a part of something special. If Rice narrowly misses out on a recruit the first time rest assured they won’t lose of track of where their targets end up and who’s out there that could help this team.