Freshmen have been eligible to play on the varsity since the mid-70s, as far as I can recall.
I went and saw the movie "We Are Marshall" a few week ago. (Great movie by the way.) One of the things presented in that movie was that Marshall had to go to the NCAA Rules Committee to get special clearance to allow freshmen to play after their whole team was killed in the plane crash.
But now I see true freshmen playing all the time in the NCAA. Were the rules changed for everyone when they were changed for Marshall or have they been changed recently?
Anyone know? I scanned the NCAA rules but can find nothing there.
Maybe I didn't look carefully enough.