“It is situational ethics at an epic level.”

This is perhaps the best thing I’ve seen written about the transfer portal.  It absolutely nails the train wreck bound to occur from the combination of a poorly written, unevenly enforced NCAA rule with the, um… fluid approach coaches have taken looking for loopholes when it suits them.  Which is half the time, of course.

Finish reading it, and it’s hard to come away not thinking a one-time transfer-without-penalty rule is an inevitability.

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20 responses to ““It is situational ethics at an epic level.”

  1. Dawg1

    But, I need to an exemption to transfer again, my momma needs me closer to home!

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    • I don’t know if you saw this…

      … but sometimes our snark isn’t so funny.

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      • Texas Dawg

        I didn’t think there was any snark directed towards Ford (by UGA fans). If it was then I missed it. He of all people had a legitimate (under the current rules) reason to want to transfer (unlike a couple of QB’s associated with OSU). No matter what side of the transfer portal argument you come down on, I think almost everyone feels Luke got screwed.
        Given the NCAAs consistency at being inconsistent, it would not surprise me either way on how they rule on Brenton Cox.

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        • Dawg1

          Absolutely, my comment was meant as light humor — not even snark – and certainty not directed at any one player, including Ford.

          I agree 100% Ford was screwed completely and I supported his move and immediate eligibility as he was sacrificing his goals for family (who would go from probable starter at potential CFP participant UGA to Illinois, honestly, other than family related reasons?)

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          • Cojones

            Most of us probably viewed that as unintentional snark because we didn’t know that Luke’s reasoning is coming to a sad realization of the truth behind his transfer and that most of us wanted him to be able to play for the Illini ASAP. That makes it sad for us all.

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        • MDDawg

          I’ve heard Tate Martell’s waiver referred to as a “run off waiver”, because tOSU basically agreed that they ran him off the team. It’s not anywhere near Luke Ford’s reason for wanting a waiver, but it’s not totally without merit either.

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      • Macallanlover

        Not sure he meant it as snark, it seems a realistic issue. Once we allow one free mulligan to everyone, then we will reinvent the waiver process for truly legitimate reasons to transfer without a penalty. Everyone will then break out their hankies and decry the mean bullies for not giving them another chance after they pissed away their “one free pass”.

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    • Former Fan

      Until the kids are paid, and contracts negotiated, they should be free to transfer as often as they want to, so long as they can find a school that will take them, without penalty.

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  2. mwo

    How is the ncaa not getting roasted about this? Rubber stamp approvals for some but a kid who has a genuine medical hardship has to sit? I loathe these bastards more every day!

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    • Cojones

      Yeah, who established a 100mi rule of institution to point of waiver ruling against Luke of 9 miles over? Pome de rue!

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  3. Former Fan

    Until kids are paid, they should get to transfer anywhere, anytime, with immediate eligibility to play. Also, until they are paid, the scholarship should be a 4 or 5 year scholarship. Schools should not be able to “process” amatuers.

    Rumor has it that Luke Ford’s grandpa had a heart attack recently. The kid transferred to be closer to his family because of his grandpa’s health. He was denied a transfer because he was more than 100 miles from the home? Yet, several QB’s got permission to play immediately?

    None of them are paid. They should have the freedom to move without penalty until the schools pony up and kids can hire agents to help them negotiation with the school of their choice.

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  4. Paul

    So, assuming the rule gets re-re-re-written, I guess Saban will have to go back to his old school methods of running people off?

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  5. Each S-A should get 1 free transfer with immediate eligibility for non-graduates. Every subsequent transfer prior to graduation requires a student-athlete to sit a year … no exceptions.

    This is simple, NCAA … get it done.

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  6. Biggus Rickus

    I think players should be allowed to transfer without sitting, period. Exceptions should only occur in cases where a player is dismissed from a team, in which case the player should sit out a year and potentially follow some kind of reinstatement procedure to participate at the new school, depending on the reason for the dismissal. Obviously, we’re in the beginning stages of this, so the one-time transfer thing is more likely in the short term. Once that happens, though, free transfer rules seem inevitable down the road.

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    • Cojones

      Yes, it hits us that way at first blush, but then you have to consider that this may be a person’s job resume and they are too young to realize the circumstances of their actions. Take Brenton Cox for example, please.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        Nobody’s suggesting they shouldn’t get a second chance. There should be ramifications for screwing up badly enough to be dismissed, though.

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  7. GruvenDawg

    This rule was a unmitigated disaster when it was announced due to the ambiguity and initial implementation . Give the kids a one time transfer until they graduate and call it done as suggested in other posts. They can transfer again if the graduate. The NCAA can’t seem to get anything right and will still keep the 25 signing limit in some form or fashion (2 year 50 cap) that still keeps schools in transfer jail and teams will struggle to get to 85. They literally can’t get out of their own way…I wonder how long the Power 5 is going to let the NCAA continue to be their governing body. It’s only a matter of time until the P5’s walk away from them because they can’t get situations like this resolved quickly.

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    • Until the P5 can create something that will make them a similar payout on a per school basis to March Madness, the conferences aren’t leaving the NCAA.

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    • Former Fan

      So long as schools process players, they shouldn’t be able to sign replacements. Go to 4 year guaranteed ships. Or better yet, pay the players and negotiate contracts, including terms of dismissal.

      The 1 year renewable scholarship proves that the focus is on athlete rather than student.

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