“If they change this rule so now I can force a kid to stay with me and be my backup, I think that’s just cruel and unusual.”

The thing people – and by that, I mean certain coaches – tend to forget in blasting kids for “taking advantage” of the graduate transfer rule, is that it takes two to tango.  Players who graduate and look to move on still need a dancing partner.

Or to put it another way, “Pass a well-meaning rule, and schools will find a way to bend it.”



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9 responses to ““If they change this rule so now I can force a kid to stay with me and be my backup, I think that’s just cruel and unusual.”

  1. Macallanlover

    I get the sentiment but I still feel they should have to down to 1AA to play immediately. They still have as good shot at being drafted, if they are deemed worthy by the NFL scouts. Make coaches live with their recruiting/development and play the men serving on the team.


    • Macallanlover

      that is “move down to 1AA” and still have to sit a year at 1A. (Yep, I know they changed those designations a few years ago.)


  2. DawgPhan

    I know you beat this drum constantly, but why? Why should they have to sit at all? And dont tell me that it would be chaos, that isnt an answer.

    Commitments mean something (hint they dont). Let your team down(your teammates understand)
    Coaches would have to work harder to keep players(who cares)

    what is the legit reason why any player should have to sit out because he transfers? Other than rich grown men wanting to control every aspect of the lives of college players.


  3. I have absolutely no problem with the graduate transfer rule. It rewards a student-athlete for taking care of the first priority: academics. I have a big problem if coaches are tampering with players to convince them to transfer.


  4. Debby Balcer

    If they graduated and want to transfer it is because they are not getting playing time at their current school. If they have an opportunity to play at another school and want to transfer more power to them. When we start at a job we can move to another company to advance whenever we want. The kids met their original obligation.


  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    So the transfer thing is a two-way street…huh…means if Richt had not thought Lambert could add to the quarterback situation, Richt mighta not been interested in Lambert…or maybe Richt was just giving a guy a chance to be closer to his gal.

    I agree with EE above…these are guys who have done what everbody says they are supposed to do…get a degree. In every other field of endeavor, once the degree is in hand, the market is open. Why should a football player be any different?

    The most shocking thing about the link is that the Oklahoma State QB lost his job after getting a concussion.


  6. Union Jack

    Until coaches are willing to stop running off kids who want to stay, then I say the graduate transfer rule is wonderful. It is the only leverage a player has in their relationship with the coaching staff.

    These coaches are very well paid because they supposedly smart and some of the best in their profession – they can figure out how to make it work or take some pay cuts.


  7. 69Dawg

    Look for coaches to figure out a way to keep the kids from getting their degree early. No degree no transfer and play. Also the only players that are affected are the red shirts that have all that study time. Stop red shirting players even QB’s get them in games to start the clock. I say all this in jest but I can guarantee some coaches will do it for real.