So I just saw this on ESPN and don't know how this hasn't been posted yet. But anyway, the NCAA is adding a new type of redshirt that coaches can use to extend eligibility.
"For the class of college athletes who will enroll in 2016 -- these students will start high school in a few months -- the changes are, indeed, significant. Current initial-eligibility standards require entering freshmen to graduate high school with 16 core courses passed and a minimum 2.0 GPA matched with an ACT or SAT score on a sliding scale.
The 2016 standards mandate the same 16 core courses but stipulate that 10 must be completed by the start of the student's senior year of high school and that all 16 are finished in four years. So effectively say goodbye to the practice popular in basketball of reclassifying to enjoy a fifth year of high school.
And the minimum GPA jumps to 2.3."
It goes on to say that 40% of the freshman class would not of qualified under these new rules. I don't know how much this would effect Michigan's recruiting as they have higher standards than the minimum (see Dorsey).
One major difference between academic redshirts of the future and partial qualifiers of the past: Academic redshirts don't lose a year of eligibility. After their first year in college, academic redshirts are left with four years to play four seasons; partial qualifiers had four to play three.
And as long as the academic redshirt passes nine credit hours in his first semester (or eight quarter hours), the athlete is eligible to continue practicing for the remainder of the first year and play the next season as a redshirt freshman.