Expect exploitation of college football’s redshirt rule to be a topic of conversation the next time college football’s rules committee gets together.
West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons is the current chair of the NCAA Division I Football oversight committee, and a recent rule change meant to benefit athletes will be getting additional scrutiny when the committee meets in January.
What do you want to talk about, Shane?
But now that some veteran players are using the rule as a loophole — playing four games before sitting the remainder of the year so they can transfer — Lyons said the oversight committee with revisit the topic.
“I don’t think it’s a good optic for college sports,” Lyons said in an appearance on MetroNews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval. “The way it looks, a student-athlete is potentially quitting on his team.
“In my role, I’m worried about the 120 guys in the locker room, not just the one individual. In a lot of cases, the one individual is getting a lot of publicity for not playing any further. A lot of that erodes what you’re trying to do in the locker room to build a team. And they’re the ones making a decision rather than a coach determining the playing time of a student-athlete.
“It’s something the committee will look at in their January meeting to make any adjustments as necessary.”
Cool, man. Now do coaches.