Transfer requests do tend to bring out a coach’s inner douchebag. Take, for example, our good friend Gus Malzahn. It should be no surprise, given the history, that some Auburn players would prefer to play for Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson in Columbia, since those are the pair who originally recruited them to the Plains. Nor should we be surprised that Gus is reluctant to share the wealth.
But it’s the little curve balls that allow a man’s true dickishness to shine through.
… Jackson on Wednesday spoke in detail for the first time regarding his current situation. That includes a June 8 appeal at Auburn, which has blocked him from a clean transfer to any other SEC school, Clemson, Ohio State, Mercer and Georgia Southern.
Clemson, Mercer and Georgia Southern are on the Tigers’ schedule this season. Ohio State and USC are not…
“My question was: Why are they blocking Ohio State for no reason?” Jackson said. “They just put Ohio State on there for no reason. My question to them is why are they blocking me from a Big Ten school when they don’t have anything to do with Big Ten schools? Why didn’t they block me from Michigan or Indiana or any other Big Ten school? Why would they do that immediately?”
Because they can, silly. Because they can.
Relatively speaking, Gus is a piker with this. If you want to see a grand master at work, check out Bill Snyder’s approach.
In a phone conversation Wednesday with the Eagle, Sutton said he presented K-State with a list of 35 potential transfer destinations in early May and the school denied his release to all 35 a week later. Sutton said the list didn’t contain any Big 12 schools or teams on future K-State schedules. Some were FCS and Division II. Didn’t matter. K-State blocked him everywhere.
He appealed that ruling, but K-State upheld it on Wednesday.
“When I originally told Coach Snyder I was going to transfer he said, ‘Well, Corey, I feel bad that you want to leave, but I can’t make you stay,’ ” Sutton said. “I dropped all my classes, moved out of Kansas and started looking at my options, then I find out they are denying me my release.
“Coach Snyder told me today that when I signed my letter of intent that was my commitment to him, that I was going to be there for four years. I heard that and told him, ‘Coaches can leave. So why can’t a player leave? You made a commitment to me that you were going to treat me the right way and that’s not what you’re doing.’
…Snyder addressed the Sutton situation at a Catbackers event in Overland Park on Thursday.
“I’ve been around there for 28 years, the young man was in our program for less than two years,” Snyder said. “I think our fans know what I’m about. They know what our program is about. I think they trust that.
“The feeling all along if you’re a No. 2 you probably want to be a No. 1. If you have the option to leave and you have 22 No. 2s on your team leaving you don’t have much of a team left. It doesn’t make sense to not try to prevent that from happening.”
NCAA rules allow Sutton to transfer to another school of his choosing with or without a release from K-State, but he is only allowed to receive financial aid from a different school next year if he receives his release from K-State.
“I don’t have enough money for that,” Sutton said. “(Snyder) is trying to treat me like I am his kid. Why is he treating a 19-year old like that and trying to change his life like that? I have never heard of anything like this before.”
Son, you need to get out more.
That’s not even the topper, though. Snyder made sure after defeating Sutton in battle, he finished the deal by salting the earth.
Snyder then said Sutton had twice tested positive for drug use at K-State.
“I’ve never kept a player in our program who’s tested positive twice,” Snyder said. “We have some rules in the athletic department that allowed that to happen this time.”
Going public about a player’s failed drug testing? Now that’s something I’ve never heard of before. Say this for Coach Snyder — when he burns a bridge, that sucker is burned and then nuked from orbit just to make sure. You almost have to admire the man’s thoroughness.
UPDATE: Once again, shame trumps control.
Makes you wonder why they have to behave like a dumbass in the first place.