Today, in “free agency”

So, Dennis Dodd is reporting that Proposal 2018-106, which would require any program accepting a graduate transfer in football, men’s basketball or women’s basketball to commit to a scholarship for two years rather than one, is meeting some resistance.

Color me surprised.  After all, how could anyone object to its noble concerns?

“This [proposal] has been in the works for a while,” said Gregg Clifton, a Phoenix-based attorney. “The concern, frankly, is you’re seeing kids not doing it for the right reason. They’re not doing anything to pursue a degree…”

Pay no attention to those one-and-done youngsters dribbling over there.

This is a joke, of course.  The concern isn’t over academics.  It’s the mid-majors pissed off by bigger programs raiding their kids that are driving this.  I don’t know who wins this fight ultimately, but you can bet that whoever emerges victorious will label it a big win for student-athletes.


Filed under Academics? Academics., The NCAA, Transfers Are For Coaches.

8 responses to “Today, in “free agency”

  1. This is exactly why I say the Power 5 have allowed the rest of D1 to tie them down like Gulliver. It’s time for the Power 5 to break away from the NCAA and form their own organization with their own rules.


  2. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Given that any good master’s degree takes two years, this makes a lot of sense. Probably the reason it won’t happen.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    Again, we’re talking about student athletes who have actually lived up to that title and graduated from their institutions. Sorry, Ball State, but if one of your graduates wants to play his or her last year somewhere else, they should be allowed to do so and it sucks to be you. Maybe it isn’t a good idea to F with your alumni and their ability and desire to make contributions to you in the future.


  4. Junkyardawg41

    I don’t see how the mechanics would ever work for any school. Absent a 5th year of playing eligibility, I would agree with Tim Day that this proposal is about stopping Grad transfers. (Which it most likely would). Of course there is probably some way of back counting one of those years (Saban already has figured this out) to where you only have to burn the 1 year. But I digress. This is a silly proposition.


  5. Argondawg

    These kids have already gotten a degree. Scrutiny over the level of commitment towards their masters is laughable from the NCAA.


  6. Trbodawg

    I don’t want to hijack the thread, but since we are talking about transfer rules. . . What the heck is taking the NCAA so long to ‘rule’ on this?


    • ASEF

      Usually, when both institutions sign off on it, the green light goes up immediately. The first question, and the most troubling, is whether Georgia has green lighted the NCAA to approve. If so, then someone at the NCAA just needs to clear their in box.


  7. UGA '97

    So proposing to add another 1 more year neans they think these kids need to soak up more school scholarships and resources. Real nice job with that.