The Huddle NCAA Removes Football Signing, Initial Counting Limits in Recruiting for Next Two Years

66 06/06/2022

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

The transfer portal has decimated some teams and the NCAA found it apparent to tweak the rules in recruiting by eliminating signing and initial counting limits in college football for the next two years.

"Some schools hadn't given out all their scholarships and felt constrained by the annual limit," said Council chair Shane Lyons, athletics director at West Virginia. "This temporary change provides schools more flexibility and adds opportunities for incoming and current student-athletes to receive aid."

The NCAA cited the extra year athletes received due to COVID as one of the main reasons.

The Huddle NCAA Removes Football Signing, Initial Counting Limits in Recruiting for Next Two Years

In a release on Wednesday the NCAA outlined the conditions that will apply to this rule.

“Division I football teams will not have annual signing and initial counter limits for the next two academic years, the Division I Council decided Wednesday.

Members issued a blanket waiver to allow schools to award scholarships based on the overall counter limit of 85. In the Football Championship Subdivision, the annual equivalency limit of 63 also remains in effect.

The change is intended to address the impact of the one-time transfer exception in the sport and the extended seasons of competition students received due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A short-term solution put in place last fall was scheduled to expire at the end of July. It allowed schools who lost student-athletes to replace seven of them if they left during specific time periods.

"Some schools hadn't given out all their scholarships and felt constrained by the annual limit," said Council chair Shane Lyons, athletics director at West Virginia. "This temporary change provides schools more flexibility and adds opportunities for incoming and current student-athletes to receive aid."

The Football Oversight Committee will collect and review recruiting data during these two years, as well as monitor transfer trends to inform potential future rule changes.”

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