Another OU-Texas shootout has come and gone. The Sooners were able to play defense and pull out a 34-27 win over Texas this past weekend. I do not get to spend much time in front of the television, but I was able to catch some of the game this weekend. Jalen Hurts may have struggled at times, but I really believe he is the real deal for the Sooners. Watching Jalen do his magic got me to thinking about Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen all being transfers. Now, I know each of them used different types of transfers to get to OU. I am not against it at all, but it does have me wondering about the way the new Redshirt Rule is going to turn out. The best definition I found came from www.si.com where it states, “the NCAA amends the Redshirt Rule to allow players to play in up to four games per year without losing a season of eligibility. The new rule will allow football players to not use up a season if they play in a small number of games due to an injury or other possible situations.
All sounds good, right? Not so fast. With all-new rules or laws come loopholes that no one ever imagines until someone figures them out. Enter the Houston Cougars who started out their season with a 1-3 record after four games. Two healthy senior players have decided to sit out this season and use the Redshirt Rule, giving them one more year of eligibility. The unusual thing is neither player plans to transfer and will be coming back to play for the Cougars again next year. So, in essence, they will stay around, practice, get stronger, get bigger and quicker while their teammates continue on through the season without them. Is this right or wrong? I am going to straddle the fence on this one; as an old coach, I can see the benefits - but as a fan, I might see it as not being the right thing to do. There are not a lot of guarantees in life, but one guarantee is this: if there is a loophole, somebody is going to find it and exploit it.