“You shouldn’t have to enforce loyalty with a rule.”

I tell you what — if the NCAA does somehow come up with a reasonable fix for the transfer rule, it’ll be a miracle.


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13 responses to ““You shouldn’t have to enforce loyalty with a rule.”

  1. There can be some simple rules put in place that will help the rule be more fair. Some ideas…

    1- If a coach is terminated, any player under scholarship has the right to transfer with no penalty.

    2- If a coach leaves the program, any player under scholarship has the right to transfer with no penalty, with the exception of where the head coach lands.

    3- If a athletic scholarship is removed, then the University is on the hook for the balance of a four year academic scholarship, unless the player transfers. (This can be paid for out of the athletic fund. And protects a player that might be cut out of the program. If the kid is on tract for a degree, that shouldn’t be taken away from them).

    4- $1,000.00 a month for each player under scholarship and up to $500.00 a month for walk ons. Monies allocated for travel for family (miles driven, tickets for planes and hotel and food) for all home games and one away game.

    I think all of this is reasonable. Most rules that are broken are over a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. This will not clean it all up ; but it protects the player when there are coaching changes and allows them a ‘life’ when not in the classroom or studying.


  2. Tony Barnfart

    Open transfers and unfettered compensation.
    /hold my beer


    • Macallanlover

      I won’t be needing my beer, just show me the way to the exit. There can be reasonable discussions about all topics but the extreme, no-holds-barred positions on either of these issues will sink the sports involved, imo. Transfer options? We already have them, take away some of the discretion of what can be blocked by a coach and leave the rest alone.


  3. Bigshot

    Many coaches have a buy-out. What’s the difference in that and a player having to sit out a year. This will be a disaster. Even high schools have a transfer rule and it is getting stricter.


    • Russ

      So you’re saying that when a player transfers from State U. to Palooka College, Palooka can pay a “buy out” to State by paying for that player’s scholarship?

      I don’t know many (any?) coaches that actually paid a buyout. It’s paid for by the next school.


      • Bigshot

        It’s still a penalty, no matter who pays it.


        • DawgPhan

          Since a 1 year sitting out penalty is worth at minimum 20% of a student athletes career in college, the buyout would need to be 20% of a college coaches earnings for his entire career in college for these to even be remotely even penalties.


  4. South FL Dawg

    “…only five sports require transfer students to sit out – football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and hockey.”

    I did not know that. Based on that you can’t say it has anything to do with the “educational experience.”


  5. DawgPhan

    When it comes to transfering I really dont think that allowing players to transfer at any time without any restrictions would lead to that much more transfering. And UGA would surely benefit from any increase in transfers far more than we would be harmed.

    It’s hard and expensive to transfer schools even without the extra restrictions. Most kids dont want to transfer.

    nearly every person you work with could “transfer” at any time with no restrictions. Very few do.

    Worrying about the imagined harm that could result, while ignoring the very real harm that is happening to students isnt good for the sport.


    • JCDAWG83

      The comparison of people at work “transferring” is apples and oranges. Packing up a family or household and moving to another city makes the job switch “transfer” much less likely than a college athlete who has to pack up a dorm room or part of an apartment. The vast majority of people at work will “transfer” jobs if they are offered more money or a better opportunity without having to disrupt their and their family’s lives.

      I don’t know the perfect solution to the transfer question, the current sitting out one year rule seems to be working fine. I think graduates should be able to transfer wherever they want to go with no restrictions. Once they graduate, they have finished the degree the scholarship provided. I see no justification for the undergrad school/football coach/program to have any say at all in what happens then.