Arizona and UCLA were among the initial winners Monday as the Pac-12 presidents voted to remove the redshirt requirement for intraconference transfers in football and basketball.

The unanimous decision means undergraduates switching from one school in the conference to another will be eligible the following season.

Until this point, undergraduates had to sit out a year of competition at their new school.

The ACC approved a similar measure in March.

“It’s good for players and schools,” a Pac-12 source said.

Arizona should have the services of outside linebacker Jason Harris, who transferred from Colorado over the winter and is the son of one of the Wildcats’ greatest players, Sean Harris.

For UCLA, the decision means quarterback Ethan Garbers can join the depth chart for the 2021 season after arriving from Washington.

More intraconference transfers are expected this summer in both football and basketball.

The new policy applies only to players transferring the first time.

“The positive aspect is you can fill your needs quickly with the personnel as you see fit,” said a source involved in football recruiting. “That creates a bigger influx of in-and-out, which brings its own set of challenges.

“The roster management is going to get even tougher when you’re juggling 25 initial signee spots (recruits) and the overall 85 scholarships — so a change is needed with one of those numbers.”

The Pac-12 Council signed off on the change earlier this month, but final approval was with the presidents and required a super-majority vote.

The conference adopted the new NCAA transfer timeline: Players must notify their schools of an intent to transfer by July 1 in order to be eligible for the 2021-22 competition season.

In future offseason cycles, football players will have an earlier notification date.

The official wording from the conference office is as follows:

“The unanimous decision removes the requirement that all undergraduate transfers within the Conference serve one academic year in residence at their new institution before being permitted to compete. Moving forward, the eligibility of intraconference transfers will be governed by NCAA legislation. The decision is effective immediately for all transfers entering their second Conference institution in the fall of 2021 and only applies the first time an undergraduate student-athlete decides to transfer.”

Details on the NCAA rule can be found here.

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The conference also announced Monday that more athletes will be added to the Student-Athlete Leadership Team.

“The Pac-12 mission is to develop the next generation of leaders in academics and athletics,” said Oregon president Michael Schill, chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group.

“Providing student-athletes with more flexibility in choosing their path and greater representation in the Pac-12 governance process strengthens our commitment to achieving that mission.”

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