I guess we shouldn’t count Mike Gundy as a fan of the Big Ten’s proposed one-time unfettered transfer rule for college football players.
“The NFL doesn’t have unrestricted anytime free agency, none of the pro sports do,” Gundy said. “Those athletes have to fulfill their contract. What we have with our student-athletes is a four-year contract. It is what we sign and they sign when they are recruited. The NFL does not allow teams to tamper with other players. What’s to stop Ohio State, Michigan, or another major power from contacting a player developed at another school and encourage them to come play for them. Then there is no penalty, no year they would have to sit out.”
The two things I love here are (1) college athletes are under contract; and (2) schools may tamper, but the penalty ought to be on the player. Gotta admit that’s a convenient rationale, Coach.
Keep in mind that these kids can transfer any time they want; all we’re arguing about is whether they should have to sit out a year or not should they do so. Something coaches like Gundy don’t have to worry about if they scoot for greener pastures.