While meeting with the media Tuesday, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein talked about both changes. Now, players don’t have to get permission from a coach or school in order to transfer. It’s a player-friendly rule, to keep it simple.
Beilein said he likes it, but seemed to like the redshirt rule even more. The rule is only for football — at least for the moment — and it is a rule that has football players now being eligible to play in up to four games and still being able to redshirt.
Before the rule, a player would lose their redshirt eligibility for a season after playing just one snap.
Here’s what Beilein had to say about it, offering his thoughts on how basketball could implement a rule of that nature.
“I have said this for years: Give a kid up until January 1,” he said. “… Let them make the choice, instead of doing it in the preseason. Great rule.”
Beilein then talked about a specific Wolverine example.
”Let’s say if Jon Teske had — to that point as a freshman — played in games and then decided [to redshirt], we would’ve worked a lot more with him on his body,” Beilein said. “But we couldn’t because we didn’t know if we were going to need him in a game.
“Probably 10 games or something would be good to give them an idea what it’s like to sit the bench and only play 5 minutes a game, which they have never done in their lives. … That’s hard to do.”
Beilein mentions 10 games as being one option for college basketball, which makes some sense. It’s roughly one-third of a regular season. Football’s 4-game redshirt rule makes up exactly one-third of its 12-game regular season.
Not just for basketball, but it almost seems likely that this new football redshirt rule will be altered in a way that makes sense for every NCAA sport. It’s just a matter of time.