NCAA rules change allows players to play for their home schools
NCAA rules are changing so players who are already eligible to play in their home state can now play at any other university, including one they have attended before.
Under the new rules, players who play for a school outside of their home states will now be able to play on home-and-home basis, and those schools will be able play in conference tournaments and the postseason if they win a conference tournament.
Under this change, it means players will no longer have to travel to play a game in their hometown, but they will still be allowed to attend games at the schools that they are eligible to attend.
In addition, players from a non-home-state school who do not qualify for eligibility by virtue of playing for a home-state university will still have to play against their home-school counterparts.
The rule change was introduced in response to a spate of high-profile incidents in which players were injured and the league had to suspend some of its best players in an attempt to prevent the injuries.
The change was first announced by Commissioner Bill Daly in a memo to teams and schools that had previously requested the rule change, but Daly also announced the rule changes during the annual All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The rules change was made during a time when the NFL is also facing a national uproar over a new rule allowing players to continue to kneel during the national anthem.
The rule change could allow some players to return to the league next season.
The NCAA has already received numerous complaints about the rules changes.
In a letter to schools, Commissioner Mark Emmert said the changes were necessary to protect students from potentially serious injury or death.
He also said he would not support a rule that would “prevent players from competing in the best sports.”
The NCAA is scheduled to begin a yearlong review of the rule and will announce a final rule by March.