How new NCAA rules could affect LSU football in 2018
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New rules, new team
The NCAA approved a couple of new rules applying to football players and their eligibility on Wednesday, specifically ones expanding a players’ right to transfer and extending what defines redshirt eligibility. According to one of the new rules, players can play in up to four games in a season and still earn a redshirt, massively changing the way freshmen will be used early in their careers. In addition, players are also now allowed to transfer without seeking a coach’s permission, giving more freedom to the player to make decisions about his future.
The redshirting rule should pay immediate dividends for LSU. The Tigers will be freer to play younger players and give them in-game experience in blowout or lower-stakes games, fortifying the future. And, in case of injuries, LSU can play its best option without worrying about exhausting a year of eligibility. Expect this practice to benefit the offensive and defensive lines in nonconference play especially, where depth needs to be experimented with as much as applied.
As for the transfer rule, LSU has made it clear that the Ed Orgeron era is one welcoming to transfers. From Joe Burrow and Terrence Alexander this season to Breiden Fehoko, Jonathan Giles and Thaddeus Moss a year ago, LSU is building a core of talented players around athletes who originally signed with other schools. Permitting transfers within conferences should only add to this possibility. SEC-caliber players want to play in the SEC. And if you’re not seeing the field enough at Alabama or Georgia or Auburn, LSU could be seen as an attractive alternative.
If LSU can turn transfer eligibility into a recruiting pitch, the Tigers could benefit greatly from this expansion of access. I’m not guaranteeing it will happen. But based on current trends, it’s possible. And something LSU should always be open to. Better players make better teams. Regardless of where these players started their careers.
In case you missed anything, here is a quick recap of some of the biggest stories from Wednesday in LSU sports:
- No. 5 LB sets up visit to see Tigers
- Tigers add nonconference opponent to 2024 schedule
- Camp season looms large for several targets
Watch the kid sling it
Presented without comment, here is a video of LSU quarterback commit TJ Finley.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 13, 2018
Today in made-up holidays
Here in the United States, June 14 is Flag Day. So if you’re looking for an excuse to celebrate the flag, here’s one of them. If flags aren’t your thing, June 14 is also “National Pop Goes the Weasel Day” and “National Bourbon Day.” So if you’re looking to startle a child without object permanence or intoxicate a Kentuckian, this is also your day.
Don’t say you don’t have options.