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The latest NCAA rule change in college football may actually be doing the unthinkable — it could, just maybe, serve to benefit the student-athlete.


A longstanding tradition which allowed football players to redshirt and maintain four years of eligibility only if they didn’t appear in a game has been nixed. Now, to the delight of coaches across the country, players will be allowed to appear in up to four games while still being eligible for the redshirt.


On its surface, the rule change is a no-brainer. It helps the players by allowing freshman and other players lower on the depth chart to have something to look forward to, a moment to work toward. The players gain the experience that comes with live game action without wasting an entire year of eligibility.

A coach with a loaded roster can now recruit a five-star freshman and tell him without a shadow of a doubt, “Yes, Player X, you will see playing time in your freshman season.”

Because why wouldn’t they? Now that four games are allowed, a game within the game will take place on every sideline in the country this season. As The Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo wrote about the new rule, “At some point this season, a coach will find himself weighing whether to use a player in a fifth game or not.”

If a player is used in five games, then you would likely want him to be used in all of the games. If he’s used in zero, one, two or three games, then you would wonder why you didn’t take the opportunity to squeeze a little more from the opportunity.

Welcome, college coaches, to your newest conundrum on Saturdays this fall.

“I don’t know if people  ... understand how different (the redshirt rule) is,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “How much the game is going to be different, the strategy behind it.”

While coaches like Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck see the rule as “brilliant” and even go far as to claim the change, as Fleck did, as the “greatest rule change the NCAA has put in in the last 20 years,” other coaches see what I’m beginning to realize.

The game of college football has been completely altered. Rest assured, things will be different in college football now, and it all starts when schools begin kicking off the 2018 season next week.


SSU's view

One of the first teams in Division I to play a regular-season game this year, Savannah State will need to start considering the options sooner than most. The Tigers kick off on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. at Alabama-Birmingham.

“It probably doesn’t help you much if you’re a young team,” Savannah State coach Erik Raeburn said regarding any potential drawbacks of the generally well-received new rule. “So, I guess for us, we haven’t really quite decided what the best strategy is.

"You know, if we should get those guys (who are eligible to redshirt) into games early in the season to make sure they get some action, or if we should wait to see if there are injuries.”


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