In case you were wondering, there are a lot of coaches who really, really don’t care for the transfer portal. Like this guy:
Kirby Smart is torn. Georgia’s coach believes players deserve a certain amount of transfer freedom. Excuse him, though, if he’s not exactly celebrating the seven-month anniversary of the transfer portal this week.
“My biggest problem with the portal is that it gives kids an easy way out,” Smart said. “I know the devil’s advocate of players’ rights and they should be able to go wherever they want to go. But I’m telling you, no normal parent would say, ‘At the first sign of trouble, I want my son to run.'”
I really love this “easy way out”, quitter bullshit. The reason the portal is a reality isn’t because, as Smart intimates, some kids are too soft. It’s because there have been plenty of Smart’s peers over the years who have been unreasonable in their restrictions on where and how kids have tried to transfer from their programs.
Add to that a heavy dose of hypocrisy…
It’s difficult to have sympathy for coaches when their biggest headache is “roster management.”
But there is also that ethical, psychological, loyalty component to it: Be a man. Finish what you started.
Coaches preach it until they don’t and leave for the next best job overnight. A bit of hypocrisy at work there?
As for loyalty, you won’t find the following phrase written in large type on the portal: A school doesn’t have to renew the scholarship of any player who places his name in the portal.
I got news for you, Dennis. A school doesn’t have to renew the scholarship of any player who doesn’t have a multi-year commitment, portal or no portal.
Smart, Georgia coach: “[The transfer issue is], ‘Where are you going to go to get developed the best?’ But that’s not the society we live in. We live in the, ‘Me, now, I want mine now. I want to go play right now.'”
Man, losing control really sucks.
UPDATE: One further thought from Dodd’s piece that some might be overlooking…
Clay Helton, USC coach: “I’m hoping kids get educated on it. With it being new this year, I think it went over the top. … I’ve got to figure there will be a lot of people without homes.”
Although unofficial, that 247Sports transfer portal list shows approximately 400 of those 720 FBS players have yet to find a new school.
Herm Edwards, Arizona State coach: “It’s caught a lot of kids by surprise in the fact that a lot of guys don’t have scholarships. There’s a little bit now, ‘Whoa, what just happened?’ I think they assumed their name is in the portal, ‘I’ll get a scholarship somewhere else.’ The unintended consequence has hit them in the face.”
There’s a distinct possibility that some of this might be self-correcting, as it begins to sink in with kids pondering a portal decision that they might not be in as much demand as they think they are.
Of course, I pose that realizing that every year there seem to be more college juniors who think they’re destined for an NFL roster than it turns out.