“Everybody’s got opinions,” Emmert said. “But the membership is addressing them.”

I don’t know about you, but I find that there are few things in life more comforting than Mark Emmert’s assurance.  Take, for example, the sticky issue of player transfers.  Emmert wants you to know that he’s on the mother.  Totally.

“The issue of transfer rules, whether it’s for undergraduates or graduates, is one of the most hotly debated and discussed, I think, in sport right now, whether it’s football or basketball,” Emmert said during his Final Four news conference this week. “The challenge is it’s really hard to figure out a right way to resolve this issue.”

Well, at least he seems familiar with the concept.  So why the struggle?  How hard can it be to balance this attitude…

“We have such a massive number of kids that transfer nowadays because of everybody wanting instant gratification,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Friday. “Coaches in some way have been blamed for that. We have absolutely nothing to do with it. It’s the want and need of instant gratification. The culture we have, if things don’t work out, just leave and go somewhere else.”

… with this one?

Villanova coach Jay Wright and Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger said they don’t have any set policies regarding transfers, taking them on a case-by-case basis. Wright said he was not ready to say whether standardized NCAA rules regarding transfer limitations would be the right fit, but added “players do have the right to choose where they want to play, just like we all as coaches have the right to go where we want to coach.”

Yeah, that “fine for me, but not for thee” approach can be a bitch sometimes.  Lucky for Mark there’s a judge out there willing to clear up things.


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7 responses to ““Everybody’s got opinions,” Emmert said. “But the membership is addressing them.”

  1. AusDawg85

    Taken to one logical limit, the 7- 10 best SEC college basketball players could be paid the highest salaries by Auburn (without a legal structure for salary caps, skies the limit) in a single season shot at the championship. Think of just 3 or 4 “Dream Teams” nationally competing each year against the rest. That model probably doesn’t generate long term interest, excitement and thus big revenue. But it would legally/technically be the fairest in a free market system.

    A radical notion is to suggest the what is in “the children’s best interest” is not unlimited free agency that would only truly benefit the few superstars. There needs to be a value proposition put in place that makes the reward of earning a degree while competing at the highest collegiate levels tied together. I don’t have that answer, but a quick guess would be that the majority of the funds allocated to playing players would be held in escrow, like a pension fund, with amounts and disbursement timing tied to earning a degree. So a kid could go “one and done” and simply forfeit the college money, but that ability might also curb my Auburn example of being able to “buy” the top players. Why be one of 5 superstars if you know you won’t stay to earn the money? Better to be the lone star on a competitive team and go get your pro contract. Others who stay and earn a degree have a shot at both.

    Again, I don’t pretend to have the solution, but would hope there is a mechanism put in place that moves us back to an incentive to develop true STUDENT-athletes and still distribute the wealth on an earned and deserving basis.


    • Russ

      Well said. I don’t anyone wants NFL- or NBA-Lite, but how we provide fairly for the athletes while preserving the best of college athletics is a tough question.


    • CB

      Why should money that the player earned be taken away if they leave early? The school made money off of their likeness while they were there therefore they should be compensated.


  2. South FL Dawg

    Nothing about some players that just need a fresh start. Jeff Driskel was getting boo’d towards the end in Florida. Lucky for him he graduated but if not he would have had to drop down a level to play, considering he only had 1 year of eligibility left. You know when a rule makes a Dawg feel sorry for a Gator, something’s wrong.


  3. Dog in Fla

    While worrying about the inventory, Mark Emmert takes break from wax museum duty

    to admire portrait of Mark Emmert

    in NCAA HQ


  4. Chadwick

    Roy Williams is a lying turd. Period.


  5. Bulldog Joe

    Looks like Lon “Freddy” Kruger took some tips from Big Game Bob on how to get a team ready for the Final Four.

    Brutal game.