One way Lincoln Riley has revamped the USC roster was by telling quite a few players “it’s in your best interest to transfer.”
But according to the Athletic, Riley also freed up around 10 scholarships by utilizing an NCAA rule that affects “Aid After Departure of Head Coach.”
The rule says when a coach who recruited and provided a scholarship to a student-athlete is replaced (like Clay Helton), the coach has the right to not invite an athlete back to the team the following year.
The athlete may be given the right to stay at the school on scholarship until the athlete graduates with their degree.
So you can stay at USC, you just can’t play football. And your scholarship will no longer count against the football program.
The rule’s original intention was to benefit student-athletes who are close to finishing their degree requirements and want to stay at their school in order to graduate.
But coaches have a way of using rules to their own benefit.
Riley will add about 25 players because 14 transferred out and around 10 are being allowed to stay but not play football under the above NCAA rule.
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