Sporting News: WVU’s Dana Holgorsen says one new NCAA rule is good, the other is ‘horrible’

Sporting News: WVU’s Dana Holgorsen says one new NCAA rule is good, the other is ‘horrible’

Two major NCAA rule changes implemented on Wednesday are designed to benefit student-athletes.

Some coaches, of course, have a different perspective — including West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.

“One is a good rule, and one is a horrible rule,” Holgorsen told Sporting News shortly after the rule changes were announced. “I think that’s going to be a pretty standard response from coaches across the country.”

One NCAA ruling allows players to play in as many as four games and still be allowed to claim a redshirt season. That’s clearly a win-win for all parties, coaches and student-athletes.

The other ruling mandates players can submit their intent to transfer obliging their current school to post the player’s name in a national database within two business days, at which point other coaches can contact the player. Conferences still have autonomy in regard to provision of financial aid and in-conference transfers.

It’s a removal from the previous practice that required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another program before they could receive a scholarship.

That rule, Holgorsen said, could be fraught with peril.

“Here’s my thought on it, and I’ve been pretty vocal about this: Nobody forces kids to sign that National Letter of Intent,” Holgorsen said. “They do that voluntarily. We spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours recruiting kids, and they sign that National Letter of Intent.”

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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