Here’s a little nugget from Andy Staples’ nice piece about Russell Wilson’s transfer to Wisconsin that undercuts the whole poor-ole’-Tom O’Brien spin that many put on the coach’s decision to cut Wilson loose in the first place:
… Wilson’s free agency was a direct result of the rule in more than one way. This past spring, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien had to decide whether Wilson or redshirt junior Mike Glennon would start for the Wolfpack. Why? Because Glennon earned a business degree in three years. Had O’Brien picked Wilson, Glennon could have declared himself a free agent and played somewhere else this season.
So this wasn’t about a head coach acting out of frustration because his starting QB’s flirtation with baseball conflicted with his football preparation. It was simply a self-interested call over the lesser of two evils.
If you polled head coaches about the graduate transfer rule, do you think even 10% of them would be in favor of it?