Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by absinthe, Apr 13, 2011.
I believe you have 5 years to use your 4 years of eligibility, so to get a medical red-shirt after a normal red-shirt you have to petition the NCAA.
I thought the answer was no, you can't take a medical redshirt one year and then use another regular redshirt in a later year. However, you can use your regular redshirt (for regular or medical purposes) one year and then apply for an additional medical redshirt for injury reasons in a later year.
^^^ This is correct
There is no such thing as a "medical redshirt". It's actually a "medical hardship waiver".
Everyone has a 5 year eligibility clock that starts as soon as the player steps on campus. If a player misses a single year, no matter the reason, it's just a "redshirt".
If, however, the player misses more than one season due to medical reasons, then the player can apply for a "medical hardship waiver" once his 5 years have expired and the NCAA may grant a 6th year.
There is also the case where a redshirt year is granted in the year the injury happens after a player has already appeared in games. This is a medical exception to the normal redshirt rule (if you play even one play, you lose your redshirt for that season). Sometimes this is what people mean when they say "medical redshirt", but a lot of people are under the incorrect assumption that the player would still have another year he could redshirt. He doesn't. He just is allowed to play in 4 years in addition to the injury year as part of the 5 year clock (assuming he meets the requirements).
Whether the medical year is granted at the time it happens (Ryan Miller) or after the 5 year clock has expired (Luke Walters), the minimum requirement for football is as follows: the athlete cannot have appeared in 3 games or 30% of the team’s regular season games (whichever is greater), has not appeared in any games after the mid-point in the season, and the reason for the athlete’s season ending prematurely is a medically documented injury or illness.
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