Today, in it’s all about the kids

Just another example of coaches looking out for number one:

Poaching has become so common that mid-major coaches have resorted to tactics like slowing down players’ academic schedules so they can’t graduate early. (Graduation allows them to transfer without sitting). “We better get used to it at our level,” says Maine coach Bob Walsh. “There’s a free-agent culture in college basketball now.”

For players, he means.  Coaches, as we all know, are indentured servants who can never leave one school for another.

Two problems identified…

Coaches recommended two tweaks to help the transfer environment—a crackdown on tampering and changing the rules to force graduate transfers to sit out a year. The tampering has gotten so bad that coaches have white boards in their office of players on other teams they’re targeting to poach.

Which one do you think the NCAA addresses?

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16 responses to “Today, in it’s all about the kids

  1. If the NCAA changes the graduate transfer rule, then any additional talk about rewarding academic performance is just jive talking.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Graduate transfer rule is working well. It is both fair, and justified, imo. I hope they leave this, and the current undergrad transfer policy, alone.

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    • Otto

      Agreed, if you don’t get the starting job Ramsey should be allowed to transfer and if you succeed at a lower level you should be allowed to see if you can play LT at a SEC program without sitting a year and you have completed your degree.

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  3. DawgPhan

    The idea that they are slowing the academic progress of these players is pretty bad.

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    • Exactly. It’s this kind of shenaniganry with what is supposed to the ultimate argument for why these guys aren’t actual employees that makes me entirely unsympathetic to the argument they don’t deserve a fair market share of the pie.

      Why is it that everybody else gets to treat this racket like damned business and the athletes are the only ones that are forced to hold up the charade of being a student? If the schools don’t respect the “student” part of student-athlete, why should the athletes?

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  4. Irwin R. Fletcher

    These coaches are spot on and they live it, too. Why just yesterday we learned about Cuonzo Martin bought out the remaining years of his deal on blind faith and thankfully, Mizzou was there waiting with a 7 year contract. Not only that, but he was able to lock down an assistant coach who happens to be the father of one of the best high school players in the country in a matter of minutes despite no prior contact.

    Sigh.

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  5. CB

    You rally think Saban is going to allow a rule change because G5 coaches are complaining?

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  6. Good job of the coaches wanting to continue treating players as employees without…you know, the whole “income” thing for the employees who do all of the work on the field

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  7. 'Ol Gill

    Just another example of how most coaches see players as resources and commodities instead of student athletes. It’s hard to believe that 5 or 6 years ago I was against paying players, full stop. But as administrations and coaches self incriminate, I can no longer ignore the hypocrisy of the system.

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  8. Didn’t Robin Williams say a cocaine habit was God’s way of telling you that you have too much money? I’m thinking this is the equivalent for college athletic departments.

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  9. South FL Dawg

    If they take away the graduate rule, I can see the medical hardships increasing.

    Coaches don’t say it for obvious reasons but there have to be some players that the coaches would rather give the scholarship to someone else or just pull it to get under the cap.

    For the record I would let them all transfer. Punishing the players and letting the dealers – excuse me, the coaches – get off clean is misplaced discipline.

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  10. Huntindawg

    I guess the idea of a “student athlete” in P5 football is an anachronism. If not, then that animal is bordering on extinct. Is a college football scholarship there to provide academic opportunities at all anymore? If that purpose still exists at all, what happens to it when college football is an overtly professional sport?

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