So, I’ve got some questions about Bob Bowlsby’s transfer proposal.
Amid growing discussion about the transfer portal, waiver process and debates over whether all transfers should gain immediate eligibility at their new schools, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday he believes all student-athletes who want to transfer should sit out one year, with no exceptions…
“There’s a rule that treats different sports different ways and we should have had a rule that treated all the sports the same way,” Bowlsby told ESPN after the panel ended. “We would have been much better off if there was always a transfer residence requirement in all sports. Everyone sits out and gets acclimated and then have a chance to get a year back by graduating.”
What is the big deal about getting acclimated? Nobody talks about a student on full (non-athletic) scholarship transferring and needing a year to get settled, so what exactly is it about a student-athlete that requires a mandatory vacation? He provides no explanation, just a bare assertion. (Of course, if by “we” he simply means “schools”, then no explanation is needed.)
Does Bowlsby truly believe that every student-athlete who received a waiver to play immediately is doomed to failure because he/she won’t have enough time to transition successfully? If so, then this season should provide for an interesting controlled experiment.
Look, I get it. This is little more than irrelevant posturing on Bowlsby’s part, which he seems to realize. The “chance to get a year back by graduating” reference is just typical lip service for The Academic Mission fig leaf for NCAA control. The reason there’s a rule treating different sports different ways is… well, follow the money for that answer. And that ain’t changing.