By Ross Dillinger, Possible changes include allowing coaches to visit high school students off-campus and changing the early signing date each week.
The changes come in response to two major shifts in the sport, the expansion of college football playoffs, and new transfer rules that set two transfer gate time slots, a 45-day fall window starting December 5, and a 15-day spring. Window starting May 1.
A draft of the 10 FBS Conferences, it is circulating around the sports divisions and is not a formal proposal yet in the NCAA legislative approvals process.
It includes a provision that teams will no longer have to take permission to play in Week 0, move to the start of the season and allow an additional week. At the other extreme, bowling games could begin on the second Saturday in December, proving an extra week to schedule both bowl games and playoff matches.
The move to convert Week 0 into Week 1 is a major talking point among conference delegates trying to solidify details about the expanded College Football Playoff Extension, something SI mentioned in a story two weeks ago.
For other proposed staffing changes:
- The addition of the 48-hour dead period leading up to the fall transfer gate, which is scheduled for this year on November 27-28. The intent of the dead period is to allow the coaching staff to meet their current players before the gate opens.
- Postponing the beginning of the early signing period by five days to the third Monday of December. The first day of the season was scheduled for December 19 this year and December 18 in 2023.
- Prohibit coaches visiting transfers on the campus of the player’s current school or in a residence where other members of the current transfer team reside.
- Add a dead enlistment period over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 to 31 next year.
The approval process begins with a recommendation from the working group to the NCAA Football Oversight Committee. The oversight will then recommend the changes to the NCAA DI Board for approval.
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DI Council amends transfer rules for graduate students
Student-athletes who will enroll in another school after graduation are now allowed to enter the transfer portal at any time, the Division I Board decided during its virtual meeting on Wednesday.
On August 31, the Division I Board of Directors adopted new transfer rules — effective immediately — that required student-athletes to enter the transfer gate through the sport’s transfer windows.
Student-athletes who plan to compete the following year as graduate students are exempt from these windows. Today’s action does not absolve students from the effects associated with the decision to enter the transfer portal, including reducing or canceling athletics financial aid for their next academic semester.
“The college application process is happening earlier in the year for graduate students, and today’s vote provides immediate relief to college students interested in pursuing graduate programs at other schools next year while competing in certain sports,” said Linda Teller, vice chancellor. Division I Board and Co-CEO of Florida Athletics. “The Board will continue to evaluate this issue and consider further permanent amendments to the rules regarding postgraduate participation.”
Postgraduate students will be subject to deadlines to enter the Transfer Portal:
- Winter and fall sports: May 1.
- Spring Sports: July 1.
The postgraduate transfer rules approved today are effective immediately. The Board will continue to discuss the application of the rules to graduate students.
FBS Scheduling Requirements – FCS opponents
The Board also adopted a proposal recommended by the Football Stewardship Committee that would require subdivision programs for football leagues facing football division teams during the regular season to provide 90% of the maximum allowable scholarship in football (over two graded years) for the game. that will be counted by this FBS program towards pot eligibility requirements. To provide flexibility during the pandemic, the total scholarship requirement for FCS Programs has been reduced to 80 percent for the game to count toward FBS competitor eligibility.
The proposal was introduced in August by the Football Oversight Committee following a request earlier this year by FBS conference delegates to review tournament qualification scheduling requirements. Returning to the 90 percent threshold parallels the NCAA scheduling requirements for pot game eligibility with the minimum scholarship requirements that FCS teams must meet to receive funds from College Football Playoff Scholarships (administered through the CFP, not the NCAA National Office).