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An NCAA DI head coaching change frequently results in a change to a student-athlete’s scholarship status.

This includes student-athletes who have a four-year “guaranteed” scholarship that can’t be reduced for athletic or medical reasons.

In those situations, a new DI head coach is allowed to tell student-athletes they can continue on scholarship until they graduate, but they might not be on the team in their remaining years.

This rule was intended originally to benefit athletes who were near the completion of their degree and wanted to stay in order to graduate, even if it meant their athletic career was done.

However, now we’re seeing some newly-hired head coaches use this rule against sophomore, and even freshman athletes who may have redshirted.

In those cases, many athletes choose to transfer rather than give up their goal of playing at the Division I level in order to complete their degree.

Has your athlete has been put in this situation?  If so, we can inform and guide you through their options so they can make a fully informed decision.

Schedule your confidential scholarship consultation online or call 913-766-1235 to set up a time that works best for you.

A head coaching change at an NCAA DI School (whether the coach is fired, or leaves of their own choosing to retire or take a new job) doesn’t change anything about the steps for an athlete to navigate a transfer or whether an athlete can be immediately eligible at their next college if they choose to transfer.

However, a coaching change in Division I CAN potentially have an impact on an athlete’s scholarship, or perhaps more accurately, on a scholarship athlete’s opportunity to continue as a member of their team at the university that has the coaching change.

That’s because a new head coach being hired at an NCAA Division I university can tell an athlete “You won’t be a member of this team next season. You can continue on scholarship here at the university until you graduate, but you won’t be a part of this team.”

The NCAA rationale for this rule is that an athlete should have the right to complete their degree at their current university while continuing on scholarship even if the new coaching staff has a “system” for which that current athlete is not a good fit or if the coach tries to “run off” the athlete.

The best example may be a football player who chose their university because the former coaches featured a pass-oriented offense, but the new coaching staff prefers a run-oriented approach.

The downside of this rule is that an athlete in this situation will, in most cases, never be able to continue on the team at their current university. That’s because the benefit to the new coaching staff is that they get to “reclaim” that scholarship to go recruit a new player while allowing the current player to continue on scholarship at the university until they complete their degree – as long as that current player never participates in football again for their current university.

If you’d like to have a confidential detailed discussion about the Division I scholarship rules when a coaching change occurs, schedule a scholarship strategies consult online, call 913-766-1235 or email rick@informedathlete.com.