Getting to know you

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.

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  1. True hardships – And still believe that if a coach is fired, then any kid that was recruited by that coach should be able to enter the portal for up to one year and transfer with no penalties. If the coach leaves for another school, then the player can transfer and go anywhere they want, with the exception of the school the coach went to.

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  2. Jay

    By this logic every freshman should sit out a year to transition from high school to college. Surely that’s a bigger transition than college to college.

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      I was about to say exactly this. I’ve never understood the logic behind a true freshman can arrive in the summer and apparently be fully adjusted 2-3 months later for the start of the season – but a transfer (who is older and theoretically more mature) needs a whole year to adjust. But I’ve never heard/read this question posed to any of these big wigs. I’d love to see what their response would be to that logic.

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  3. Why can’t these idiots get it through their thick skulls that reforming the transfer rules are one of the things that would be easy and would generate a lot of good publicity for the NCAA? A 1-time free transfer for those with no behavioral issues (the Trigga Tray rule) and in good standing academically would allow those who want a change the ability to do it without introducing full free agency into the process. No exceptions for additional transfers … you transfer, you sit. Nothing changes for graduate transfers. You can’t follow a head coach who leaves voluntarily for a new position … the only restriction.

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    • Ken Wilkinson

      I like this rule. One of the best parts is it objectivity. Part of the problem with the NCAA today is the inconsistency and subjective nature of the reviews. One transfer, no waiting. All subsequent transfers, you sit a year. Justin Fields and Luke Ford play. Bru McCoy sits upon his return to USC.

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  4. Granthams replacement

    My proposal for transfers-

    1) athletes get 1 transfer
    2) athletes can transfer without a waiting period for football from December 1-31st. From January 1-November 30th there is a 1 year waiting period. Other sports window would be applied to the sports season and signing date.

    By limiting the window it allows current athletes, recruits and coaches a balanced way to manage transfers.

    Current athletes can transfer but not at any time without repercussions. Recruits will have a better picture of rosters in January when all the transfers and draft eligible guys are sorted out. Coaches can manage rosters and recruiting after the draft eligible date.

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    • Using your proposal, a kid who gets processed out/encouraged to transfer after spring practice/semester is out of luck. You should have transferred at the end of the regular season. Because you decided to stick it out through the spring, you get to sit a year. I don’t agree.

      There’s never a good time to transfer, but the coaches get paid a lot of money to figure it out.

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      • Granthams replacement

        The “encouragement” would accelerate in December when the coaches knew they could replace the player with another transfer or recruit.

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        • Why doesn’t that happen now? Guys aren’t going to be released during bowl season. Their scholarship goes through the spring semester. Your proposal doesn’t solve the problem.

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      • Granthams replacement

        The “encouragement” would accelerate in December when the coaches knew they could replace the player with another transfer or recruit.

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  5. Faltering Memory

    I am just tired of the NCAA. They overthink, underthink, or just don’t fully consider an issue resulting in their always inconsistent policies and applications of same.

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  6. stoopnagle

    ALL sports should have the same requirement? How about yeah if all sports get the same # of scholarships? After football’s 86, men’s track & field + cross country gets 12.6. You need 7 distance runners for a full CC team. So, everyone is on partial, but they have to sit out a year if they move schools because they were getting a $100 stipend/month scholarship? C’mon.

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  7. whb209

    What does Bob mean by, “then have a chance to get a year back by graduating.”

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  8. Anonymous

    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?

    Students on full (non-athletic) scholarship are on full academic scholarship. They were admitted and given those scholarships based on scholastic merit. They didn’t have an 840 SAT and a learning disability.

    There used to be an acclimation period for all Freshman as they were not eligible to play for the varsity team until 1972. That is a rule they never should have eliminated.

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    • Students on full (non-athletic) scholarship are on full academic scholarship. They were admitted and given those scholarships based on scholastic merit. They didn’t have an 840 SAT and a learning disability.

      That distinction might mean something regarding incoming freshmen, but we’re talking about kids who have already been on campus for at least a year.

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      • Anonymous

        I don’t have a problem with kids transferring, especially those that have been there for two+ years and know they they will not crack the depth chart. I was just explaining why you don’t hear the same arguments about those on Academic scholarship.

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        • I knew what you meant.

          I also know of a friend’s kid who’s on a full music scholarship and is definitely not a scholar. He is free to pursue paying gigs on the side and could transfer to another school on scholarship without missing a beat (he’s that talented).

          The issue isn’t academics. It’s revenue. And coaching control.

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