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"Initial counter"

College football's looming roster crisis and how to fix it 🏈
 
A perfect storm is brewing in college football that could fundamentally change the way recruiting works and affect thousands of high school players in the process.
 
As coaching staffs are try to solve a roster management riddle that began with the COVID-19 pandemic and the return of "super seniors," they're also trying to adapt to a new era of free agency after the one-time transfer waiver has been approved.
 
Currently, teams are allowed to sign 25 players per year on an "initial counter," which means the player is receiving financial aid in a sport for the first time while counting against the 85-man scholarship limit per team. But as teams lose players to the transfer portal in increasing numbers while also losing them to injury or academic issues, more teams are looking to the transfer market to fill spots. Administrators are quickly picking up on a major trend.