Could Utah Quarterback Cam Rising Be Eligible To Play An Eighth Season In 2025?

May 30, 2024, 4:52 PM | Updated: 6:33 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – An interesting question began circulating around the internet Thursday afternoon: could Utah football quarterback Cam Rising be eligible to play in 2025?

The quick and easy answer is “no”, but there is a long, and more complicated way to get to “yes”. (We’ll get into all of the details in just a minute.)

Rising is already on his seventh season of college eligibility after redshirting at Texas in 2018, transferring to Utah and sitting out in 2019 (this is where people are getting tripped up and thinking “yes” and we’ll explain later why it’s actually a “no”), only playing a couple of snaps in 2020 before suffering a season ending injury, getting an extra year because of the Pandemic in 2020, getting through most of 2021 and 2022 before suffering another injury that forced Rising to medical redshirt in 2023 giving him the seventh year…whew!

Here is why Rising is not eligible (despite popular belief) for an eighth year under the latest ruling in the NCAA’s many settlement battles. We’ll also explain the long-shot, complicated reasons Rising could get an eighth season that has absolutely zero to do with the latest rulings.

Why Cam Rising Is Not Eligible For An Eighth Season Under The Latest Ruling From The US Justice Department Vs. The NCAA

It’s probably safe to say most college sports fans have been watching with some mixture of curiosity, anxiety, annoyance, anger, disappointment, and horror at the battle going on between the US court system and NCAA.

If for whatever reason you haven’t followed it, you can brush up on it here.

The latest and greatest in this epic saga which is rapidly changing the face of college sports as we know them, the Athletic’s Stewart Mandel reported the US Justice Department, along with a few stateside Attorney Generals, have reached a settlement with the NCAA that will make unlimited transfers the law of the land.

There is an interesting portion- Article 23 in the Justice Department’s consent decree that many have jumped on as evidence Rising is eligible for an eighth season of eligibility. It reads:

The NCAA shall provide an additional year of eligibility to any Division I student-athlete who was deemed ineligible to compete for a season or any portion of a season of competition
occurring during or since the 2019-20 academic year because of the Transfer Eligibility Rule
provided the student-athlete:

That looks great and like a slam dunk for Rising, however this is where people have been led astray. They haven’t looked at conditions A-C (specifically A for Rising) that a source who currently works in college compliance pointed out to KSL Sports.

a. transferred between two member institutions more than once;
b. is currently enrolled at a Division I member institution; and
c. is currently eligible to compete, or their eligibility expired at the end of a season
of competition completed during the 2023-24 academic year.

The latest NCAA ruling only applies to student-athletes who have transferred multiple times during the 20219-2020 academic years or beyond. Rising only transferred once.

However, there is still two ways- more complicated and having nothing to do with today’s ruling that could get Rising an eighth year of eligibility according to our college compliance source.

If The NCAA Ruling Has Nothing To Do With Cam Rising’s Eligibility, What Does?

The quickest way to explain the first option is that Rising would require another medical redshirt in 2024 due to being unable to play a single down in the season because of injury.

However, our compliance source also noted Rising could argue for another year in 2025 without anything happening to him.

That would require him proving he missed two seasons for reasons outside of his control- his redshirt season at Texas and last season with his injury.

It’s a fascinating thought exercise in college compliance (at least as it stands now) that is most likely not to be entertained by Rising. However, it’s fun to think about none-the-less.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

College Football


Michelle Bodkin

Former Utah Linebacker To Open For Ron McBride Foundation Benefit Concert

Former Utah linebacker Taulia Lave will be the opening act for the Ron McBride Foundation's benefit concert on Saturday, June 22.

7 hours ago


KSL Sports

60 in 60: #52 Utah’s Carsen Ryan (Tight End)

The countdown is on for Hans & Scotty’s 60 in 60 for the 2024 college football season. Coming in at No. 52 is Utah tight end Carsen Ryan.

9 hours ago

University of Utah linebackers coach Colton Swan during the first day of fall camp on Wednesday, Ju...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Football 2025 Recruiting Class Continues To Roll With 4-Star Linebacker Commitment

Visiting season has been kind to Utah football with the Utes receiving another commitment from four-star linebacker Christian Thatcher.

1 day ago


Michelle Bodkin

Utah Quarterback Cam Rising Gives Back To Second Home In Big Way

Cam Rising and Utah football put together a two-day camp to give back to the state of Utah and the fans that support them.

2 days ago


Jeremy Mauss

Mountain West Open To Private Equity, Naming Rights For Conference

Mountain West commissioner Gloria Nevarez joined JJ & Alex to discuss how her league looks to bring extra revenue to the conference.

2 days ago


KSL Sports

60 in 60: #53 Utah State’s Avante Dickerson (Cornerback)

The countdown is on for Hans & Scotty’s 60 in 60 for the 2024 college football season. Coming in at No. 53 USU cornerback Avante Dickerson.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Could Utah Quarterback Cam Rising Be Eligible To Play An Eighth Season In 2025?