Paul Myerberg’s got a good piece up about the latest coach to embrace the “I can be as big a dick as Randy Edsall” approach to player transfers, Memphis’ Justin Fuentes. (Memphis? Really?) In it, Myerberg divides the coaching world into three parts:
… Head coaches can take one of three stances with a potential transfer, even one at a position as key as quarterback: hard, medium and soft. The hard-line stance is the one Fuente is taking with Reed, the one stolen right out of Randy Edsall’s playbook with former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien: you’re hurting the program by leaving, so in a way, this is payback.
There’s the medium approach: I’m not going to allow you to hurt us in the future. Therefore, your transfer cannot lead to a future opponent over the remainder of your eligibility clock. For Reed, who can sit out this season and retain three additional seasons of eligibility, this would mean that Memphis’ no-transfer list would include the entire Big East and all non-conference foes through the 2015 season.
Then there’s the soft, easy, confident approach: you can’t play in our conference, but all else is fair game. Goodbye, and good luck. It takes a comfortable, certain and assured head coach to make this move — it takes the anti-Fuente, a rookie head coach making up rules as he goes along.
I’m curious – where does that put Mark Richt, who not only doesn’t put a restriction on players transferring to other SEC schools, but on occasion has contacted other SEC coaches to help a player move?