NCAA Bans Former Players from Participating in Practice

By D.J. Byrnes on April 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm
Urban Meyer

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer almost walked away from a presser podium back in 2016 when he found out former Alabama running back Trent Richardson returned to Tuscaloosa and practiced against the Crimson Tide.

"It's got me thinking," he said while jokingly picking up his phone.

Though Meyer never summoned a former Heisman winner to practice against his team, he'll no longer have that option. The NCAA on Wednesday passed a bylaw banning the practice.


Both subdivisions adopted proposals preventing former student-athletes from participating in practice at their former schools. Sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the proposal is intended to negate competitive and recruiting advantages schools potentially could gain by allowing former student-athletes to practice with the current team.

Ohio State offensive linemen can rest easy tonight knowing the likes of Joey Bosa can't return to the fray.

View 26 Comments