Even when they mean well, they can’t help themselves.

The new face of amateurism:  University of Washington president suggests one way to solve the student-athlete transfer problem would be to say to schools “… like the pros, you get to designate a franchise player or two…”

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10 responses to “Even when they mean well, they can’t help themselves.

  1. Derek

    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. We are all now a bit dumber for having been exposed to it.

  2. Timphd

    Just damn. These are the leaders?

  3. Hackerdog

    Gee, the same school that gave us Mark Emmert. I wonder if stupidity is a requirement to be UW president?

  4. 69Dawg

    And every plaintiff’s attorney suing the NCAA and Power 5 said AMEN.

  5. Connor

    I’ve never understood why student-athletes shouldn’t be allowed to transfer at will from one school any other that will take them, just like any other student. If UF has 84 kids on scholarship and Hutson Mason wants to transfer there a week before the fall semester starts, he should be free to do so, and eligible to play immediately.
    Either they’re just some students in PE (as the NCAA wants us to believe) and their transfers and eligibility must therefore be so inconsequential as to make any regulation unnecessary, or they are professionals doing a job for consideration, in which case their employers have a right to protect themselves with non-competes and the like. It can’t be both at once.

    • What would you say to the opposite? A QB wants to transfer to Georgia the week before classes start, and the coaches think he has a higher upside than Mason. Should the school be able to cut the player at that point with no explanation to take a better player? More liberal transfer rules would need to cut both ways. If players can move freely, can the schools trade players under a 4-year scholarship? The law of unintended consequences really sucks. By the way, I believe there are some changes needed to the transfer rules. For example, Jarvis Jones should have been eligible to play immediately since USC had declared he was physically unable to play.

      • Gaskilldawg

        Conner spoke of an example where the school to which Mason transferred had an available scholarship. You are raising the issue of whether a team can withdraw scholarships to give another. Different topic. Under existing rules ineligible transfers count toward the 85 limit so if the best safety in America transferred to UGA today he would count against the 85 limit.
        Once a player has had his scholarship renewed for the season he has it. The tuition has been paid; the university doesn’t ask a player to reimburse the tuition payment. The school may not renew for the next season but no one would lose his or her scholarship the week before the season.

        The transfer rule is solely for the benefit of the coaches not for the players.

  6. DawgPhan

    Exactly. CMR shouldn’t be able to steal a year of eligibility from a student athlete for talking in class. Matthews should be able to take his talents to the plains(or anywhere else) and start this season if he can earn a spot.