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New NCAA Academic Redshirt Rule

Sorry if this has been posted already, but it was news to me. In April the NCAA passed new rules, to begin in 2016, that would have prevented about 40% of D1 freshman from playing last year.

For immediate access to competition, prospective student-athletes must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA and an increased sliding scale. For example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.5 high school core-course GPA for competition and a 2.0 high school core-course GPA for aid and practice.

Prospects also must successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their senior year in high school.

Fitzgerald said that the new requirements will cause major upheavals throughout college sports. One example that will have large ramifications at schools across the country is requiring those 16 core classes within four years. That means that colleges will no longer be able to satisfy an incoming freshman's requirements by enrolling him in summer school at the college.

If they don't meet those requirements they are considered an Academic Redshirt. They can practice and receive a scholarship but they can't participate in games.

Could be my inner libertarian but I would rather let the schools dictate their own academic standards for incoming freshman. What's wrong with only requiring a GED and then letting each individual school decide what additional standards they want to enforce?

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