Utah Utes QB Cam Rising could be in eighth year of eligibility

According to a settlement in a legal dispute, this is possible.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes quarterback Cam Rising finishes a practice on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, ahead of this week's season opener against Florida.

Cam Rising is entering his seventh season as quarterback for the Utah Utes. And if he chooses to do so, the 2024 season does not have to be his last.

Rising could play an eighth and final season at Utah in 2025, as a result of a settlement in a legal dispute between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Justice that partially restores college eligibility for one year to players who had to sit out a season during or since the 2019-20 academic year due to the transfer eligibility rule.

Rising transferred from Texas to Utah in 2019 and was redshirted this year.

Rising, 25, and all other Division I athletes already had an extra year of eligibility since sports came to a halt in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA granted everyone an extra year, and many across the country took advantage, including Rising.

The Justice Department's antitrust division joined a lawsuit in January, claiming the transfer rule “limits competition for college athletes and restricts their ability to transfer to colleges and universities that offer them better educational and athletic opportunities.” The lawsuit also included 10 states and the District of Columbia.

The proposed settlement would also force the NCAA to no longer enforce its transfer eligibility rule or similar rules “that require a Division I student-athlete to maintain residency or otherwise abstain from competition solely because of a transfer between NCAA member institutions.”

One of the reasons Rising decided to play in 2024 was an injury that kept him out for the entire 2023 season. He took a medical redshirt.

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