Another mid-major head coach, who lost one of his best players to a BCS school this past offseason, told ESPN he would be “slowing down the graduating process” for his players in order to ensure that he doesn’t lose another to the high-major ranks.
When asked to elaborate specifically on what “slowing down the graduating process” would entail, he said instead of enrolling a player into a pair of summer school classes in two sessions, they might not have that particular player take summer school at all — or take just one class per session. Another prevailing thought is to put players in just the minimum 12 hours of classes each semester.
“What kid is going to argue and want to take more classes?” one mid-major coach said. “There aren’t many.”
The problem with your cynicism, fella, is that the kids who want to make use of the flexibility of the graduate transfer rule are exactly the ones who are going to want to take more classes. Which should lead to some amusing conversations down the road, to say the least.
The problem in a nutshell is this:
“I think that would penalize the kid,” North Carolina’s Roy Williams said. “Let’s face it: This is a great rule for the kids and a terrible one for the coaches that lose these kids. In principle, it’s OK. But it’s not very good for college basketball.”
Translation — when the going gets tough, coaches would prefer to screw principle.
There is a legitimate concern here, that of coaches actively engaged in chasing players at other programs. But there’s an obvious tell, as well. Note that all the proposals being tossed out involve penalizing graduate players by limiting their opportunities. If the real problem is poaching, why not simply punish the coaches doing that?