Inadvertent Side-effect of NCAA Redshirting Rule. People rarely feel that the NCAA has an athlete’s best interests in mind. Yet, when the 4 game participation rule was passed last year for football, it seemed like a good way to balance the interests of the players and the universities by allowing athletes to get a bit of experience without losing an entire year of eligibility. Unfortunately, from what you are seeing this year, the inadvertent side effects appear to be reaching epidemic proportions. In the past few weeks, we have had players at Houston and players at Rutgers decide to sit out starting in the middle of the season. Players are deciding after a “poor” start to the season, a mid-season coaching change or a potential coaching change, that they should “stop” playing until the following year so as not to “waste” a year of eligibility. This leaves the team and interim coaches in a really difficult situation where players they were relying on now have the ability to decide not to be part of the team. I am sure that this problem will only grow and ultimately coaches and universities will have to figure out a reasonable (and legal) way to prevent this from happening in the future. UPDATE OCTOBER 8, 2019: NOW EVEN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED IS COVERING THIS SAME ISSUE!!
Does new redshirt rule cause more problems than it solves?
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