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Coaches Pushing to Change NCAA Rules to Help Stabilize Rosters



NCAA Rule Change Coaches

NCAA football coaches are looking to change the rules to help stabilize the rosters decimated by the transfer portal, according to the Associated Press. The proposed changes would include a removal of the yearly 25 scholarship cap and periods for players to enter the transfer portal.

The changes are reportedly gaining “momentum” among head coaches. The removal of the cap would hopefully help teams still be able to field rosters of 85 scholarship players even if a lot left via the transfer portal. Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, was interviewed by the AP after meeting with the group’s board of directors yesterday. He said that the yearly cap has been in place to allow for some control, but now the environment is uncontrollable with the transfer portal.

“We’ve always been real supportive of (the yearly cap) because we felt like that it had some controls to it, but we’re in kind of in an uncontrollable space right now,” Berry said. “For the health and safety of our athletes, not being able to try to get to an 85 number at the FBS level, that’s hard.”

The other one of the rules being considered by the NCAA coaches for change is adding two transfer periods for players. The NCAA would create two transfer windows for football players. It’d require players to enter the portal during one of two time frames. Either between the final Sunday in November until the early signing date in mid-December or from April 15 to May 1.

This change is an attempt at controlling the uncontrollable environment collegiate football programs find themselves in. In Berry’s comments to the Associated Press, he said that he thinks players can benefit from windows as well.

“When you have an open portal like that, it’s hard for young people sometimes to make great decisions because they don’t know the impacts of their move. They don’t know what their competition is at another school, they don’t know about competition coming into their own program,”said Berry.

All this comes right after former Pitt wide receiver and 2021 Blitenikoff Award winner Jordan Addison made national headlines as he entered the transfer portal reportedly due to a major NIL deal in place with boosters from USC. Addison has yet to transfer anywhere, let alone USC, but the situation is the prime example of the drastically changing collegiate landscape due to the transfer portal and NIL rule changes.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

Ain’t happening, The playing field will remain tilted.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
1 year ago

Coaches need to put big pressure on NCAA to make changes to NIL and transfer rules to protect the 90% of schools from schools with $$ and cheaters.

1 year ago

As long as the NCAA does not recognize that some
select schools have an alumni or booster support
system that is paying select players ,the Addison
situation will continue to occur.

In almost all situations,a player of Addison’s
status is an undergraduate playing for a
school with a powerful alumni/booster support
system that would avoid Addison leaving.
Unfortunately for Pitt,it does not have
this type of support system.

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