It’s for your own good.

Asshole Big Ten basketball coaches call player transfers “an epidemic”, want to cure the disease and insist that it’s not about them.

However it shakes out, Izzo and Beilein — as well as the other coaches in the Big Ten — emphasized they are pushing for what benefits the players the most.

“I think the problem is getting the balance right now, of understanding their needs and their rights, but also understanding what’s best for them,” Izzo said. “There’s not a coach in this building that isn’t always trying to look out for the kids’ best interest. … I could leave tomorrow and be fine. It’s not about me. But that’s just an example.

“We see how many kids leave early and don’t make it, but that’s forgotten about. Same with the transfers. Everybody wanted to transfer when they were freshmen. Hell, I wanted to transfer from a Division II school when I was a freshman but you learn how to work through things and I just think we’re missing that a little bit and we got to make sure that it is in their best interest.”

Noblesse oblige, bitchez.  Remember, kids, these guys are just here to help you.  Even if you don’t need that kind of help.


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13 responses to “It’s for your own good.

  1. ASEF

    If players won’t allow coaches to build their character by slotting them as practice players or blow-out scrubs when the player wants to, you know, play, then what is our world coming to?

    Basketball is a meat market. Coaches today will not hesitate to switch jobs or recruit over even a good player if a better prospect shows interest. So maybe loyalty and resiliency should be more a “do as I do” rather than a “do as I say.”


  2. F those guys. Are they working so hard that they can’t count their krugerrands? You want to do right by athletes? Give them 4 year guarantee scholly or give them year-to-year with no transfer penalty/restrictions.

    Afterall, life is too short.


  3. I Wanna Red Cup

    I see Izzo had two transfers playing for him last year and is getting a graduate transfer for next year. If he felt so strongly against transfers, he should have refused the transfer. What a sack of bullshit.


    • Normaltown Mike

      She’s head coach of Women’s Rugby at Quinnipiac.

      You don’t get more big time than THAT!


    • 3rdandGrantham

      That actually contained quite a bit of great advice, which also could apply to recent/future college graduates about to enter the workforce. As a hiring manager on a fairly consistent basis, I could tell a litany of stories similar to the coach’s experiences dealing with low EQ, self-centered, and otherwise unprepared types.


    • Dog in Fla

      “However, your talent was unfortunately overshadowed by the lack of energy and effort you displayed.”

      That’s the story of my life too except that my lack of energy and effort was never offset by any talent. But what I really want to know is why the coach didn’t call the athlete she must stop recruiting a maggot? That would have made an even bigger impression


  4. CB

    I’m all for allowing kids to transfer where ever they want whenever they want, especially when the schools can still cut them at the end of the season, but there is a sense of entitlement that has been ushered in by the AAU culture and it makes kids much harder to recruit, retain and coach. You even see it on the lower levels, every athlete thinks they’re a division 1 talent, but they don’t want to work hard. While these coaches may absolutely be thinking of #1, there is a grain of truth behind what they’re saying. These kids want to jump ship at the first sign of adversity.


  5. 3rdandGrantham

    If coaches truly care about SA’s, and want to lead by example while keeping their best interest at heart, then they would initiate their own policy by whatever association they are a member of which would force them to abide by the same current roles SA’s must adhere to. Thus, for example, if a coach wants to jump ship to a better job and/or one that pays more, then they would have to sit out a year (or coach at a lower division school during that ineligible year.) And that applies to all coaches; not just the HC.

    But alas, that will never happen of course, because coaches are such a privileged, well-compensated group in an industry flush with cash that, for them, do as I say, not as I do is a perfectly normal philosophy for them. Much like Hollywood types who scream about economic equality and fairness from their 15k sf Holmby Hills estate, they are so warped that its unfathomable for them to realize the irony.


  6. The Dawg abides

    Judge Izzo: ” I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it….felt I owed it to them.”


  7. The letter from the coach was very interesting. I imagine recruiting is a mind numbing business. One at my age I could not do as my mind is numb enough. Plus I could not deal with the parents, coaches, and primma donnas(sp)?. As far as the coaches and transferring. Give them the same rules and watch the screaming. Reality would be a bitch.


  8. Nashville West

    4th biggest lie, “it’s all about the students.”