Like nature, coaches abhor a vacuum.

Stewart Mandel’s take on Bru McCoy, poster boy for the NCAA transfer portal’s craziness, is spot on.

Coaches hate the climate that’s developing around transfers because they hate anything they can’t control. That’s not surprising. But The Portal came into existence because coaches were exerting too much control with sometimes ridiculous restrictions on which schools (conference foes, future opponents, even potential bowl opponents) they would or wouldn’t grant releases. Are some of these kids exercising poor judgment? Yes. But McCoy is hardly the first confused 18-year-old trying to figure out what he wants. Changing the rules wouldn’t make him less confused; they would just take away his options.

Those of you bitching about the apparent chaotic nature of the portal process conveniently overlook something:  coaches brought the portal craziness on themselves.  As usual when it comes to college football, proactive solutions were shunned.  A sensible attempt to rein in the more egregious behavior at the time it occurred might have sensibly modified things before the current arrangement became the reaction.  But that would have meant asking coaches to negotiate away some of their godlike control over players.

Maybe next time they’ll think about the consequences of their control.



Filed under Transfers Are For Coaches.

7 responses to “Like nature, coaches abhor a vacuum.

  1. Got Cowdog

    “Maybe next time they’ll think about the consequences of their control.”

    Maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt .

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  2. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Maybe next time they’ll think about the consequences of their control.

    Hahahahahaha. Good one, Senator! 🙂

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    • Thought that might get a chuckle. 😉


      • Macallanlover

        Actually, the ridiculous use of the porta potty by McCoy the past 5 months is seen by many on your side of this issue as why more control is needed. Such flipping and flopping by members of any organization/society would bring it down, not just the NCAA plantation. Absurd to think total abuse of freedom is always why there must be restrictions/control. McCoy is the poster child for why things have swung too far, immature teenagers running amuck was scary even when I was one of them in the 60s.


        • Such flipping and flopping by members of any organization/society would bring it down, not just the NCAA plantation.

          November 29th, 2010: TCU announces they will join the Big East Conference in 2012.
          October, 2011: TCU is invited to join the Big 12.
          October 10th, 2011: TCU accepts invitation to join the Big 12.


        • From Wikipedia,

          Graham was announced as Pitt’s head coach on January 10, 2011,[12][13] and subsequently led the team to a disappointing 6–6 regular season later that fall. Less than one year from his hiring, on the evening of December 13, Graham informed Athletic Director Steve Pederson that he had discussed a head coaching opportunity at Arizona State.[14] After being informed he did not have permission to talk to the school about the job and refusing conversations with Pederson and another administrator, Graham resigned and subsequently accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State.[15] Graham informed the Pitt players of his departure the following day by having a text message forwarded to the team by director of football operations Blair Philbrick.[16] Two weeks prior to leaving Pitt, Graham referred to assistant coaches who left to join the staff of Rich Rodriguez at Arizona as “nothing but mercenaries.”[17] In later interviews, Graham claimed those comments were taken out of context. He said he wasn’t referring to the coaches who left Pittsburgh and that he was having a conversation with reporters generally about college football coaching and said, “A lot of times coaches jump around everywhere, they’re like mercenaries.”[18]

          The style in which Graham left, in combination with his quick departures from other universities, led to criticism of Graham in both local and national media.[19][20][21][22][23] University of Pittsburgh players also openly criticized Graham for his quick departure. Defensive tackle Chas Alecxih said most players were “shocked and appalled.” Wide receiver Devin Street’s comments were a little more severe stating, “It’s been all a lie this whole time. Everything he told us has been a lie.” Another one of Graham’s players at the time, senior offensive tackle Lucas Nix, stated that he felt Graham’s exiting text message wasn’t worthy of the trust the team had put into Graham and his program. “We put our trust in him, and all he could do was send us a text message,” Nix said.[24]


  3. Lrgk9

    Might as well try to get the medieval feudal Lords to unite against the marauding Mongol Hordes.