Junior wants college football to do it for the kids.

The man is selfless.

Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin says players whose conferences have decided to postpone fall sports should be free to transfer without penalty.

During an appearance on the SEC Network on Tuesday, Kiffin said it’s a “shame” that players are unable to do so.

“Kids are having their schools or their conferences deciding to shut down, so they can’t play, and a lot of them have a lot of money on the line with the next level, or they just want to play their last year,” Kiffin said. “So it’s really unfortunate that the NCAA is not allowing them to transfer and be eligible immediately. We’re being told that won’t even go into a waiver process, so I feel really bad for those kids. It’s not their fault. Why can’t they come play somewhere? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”

He just wants to help.  And if there’s a little side benefit in there for him, who would begrudge that?  Because he just wants to help.

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22 responses to “Junior wants college football to do it for the kids.

  1. TN Dawg

    He’s correct.

    UAB players were given a free transfer when their athletic department cancelled the football program.

    Thank goodness for guys like Jake Ganus, who would’ve been cheated out of the opportunity to play the sport they love.

    I think we can all agree as fans that we love the game and want to see the top players on the field and those players deserve the opportunity to play when their universities cancel sports.

    We don’t know if a vaccination is 2 years or 10 years away. It would be ridiculous to keep extending years of eligibility as an offset. We could have 30 year old men still waiting to play their senior season.

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    • I hate to interrupt your galaxy-brain take here, but how many programs are out there right now that could absorb a mass exodus of transfers from the Big Ten and Pac-12? (Georgia, for example, sits at least three players over the 85-man limit.)

      If you’re a head coach, are you really going to be interested in disrupting your roster to take on kids who will only be around for one season? And that’s a best case scenario, because there’s still a good chance the 2020 season never gets played in its entirety.

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      • TN Dawg

        Obviously not every player will want to transfer, but those that want to should be afforded the opportunity to with no penalty.

        And not for nothing, but isn’t our starter at quarterback a one and done?

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        • It takes two to tango. Players may want to transfer, but they can’t go anywhere a coach doesn’t want them.

          And as for your question, unless I missed something, Newman transferred before the COVID shit hit the fan. Kind of a big difference…

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          • TN Dawg

            Yes, but your question/statement was that taking a player with only one year of eligibility would “disrupt” the roster.

            I’m not sure how Newman’s transfer for graduate studies would be any different in its disruption than an player transferring because their school cancelled football.

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            • Because Kirby didn’t have to plan for it during a pandemic a month before the start of the season.

              All flooding the market with kids under these circumstances is going to do is give amoral jackals like Junior a chance to benefit off their tough times.

              This isn’t as hard as you pretend it to be.

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              • TN Dawg

                I completely disagree.

                Saying that kids should be denied their opportunity to play ball and pursue their goals because other sports programs will invariably benefit is just bad reasoning, IMO.

                Do I think Lane wants to benefit?

                Yes.

                Will the students benefit from getting to play the sport they love?

                Also, yes.

                I mean it’s easy to pick a weasel like Kiffin to make a point, but why shouldn’t an all-American tackle at Ohio State be able to transfer to Cincinnati?

                Why shouldn’t a defensive back at Illinois be able to play ball at Memphis?

                And if a kid wants to stay at OSU and wait until, we’ll, we really don’t know when for OSU to reinstate football, then cool, their scholarship is still intact.

                I’m having trouble understanding why you would oppose players being given the ability to transfer freely when their sport has been cancelled for as far as we know, unless you can see into the future of virology and epidemiology and know something no one else knows, forever.

                I mean if you’d like to share when their virus will be cured or when the Big 10 will no longer think it’s a threat, I’m all ears.

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                • I love how you raise the issue of the coronavirus being a threat to play football while in the same breath pretending the kids who transfer will be able to play football during the pandemic.

                  Look, bully for you. I think what Kiffin is proposing is selfish bullshit. Your mileage obviously varies.

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                • By the way, what’s the benefit to the kids whom Kiffin kicks out of the program to make room for the newbies?

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                • TN Dawg

                  The idea that coronavirus is a threat to playing football is the position of the Big 10, PAC 12 and other conferences.

                  Other conferences like the SEC, ACC and AAC obviously differs, they believe, as do their students athletes that are choosing to participate instead of opting out, that the risk is manageable.

                  If I am a student athlete at Penn State or Indiana or Oregon, I’m stuck in limbo.

                  I have no idea what the criteria is for “safe to play” in these conferences. I have no idea what their requirements may be for playing ever again. Is it a cure? Is it a vaccination? Is it three years worth of clinical studies? Is it foregoing social interaction and living in a “bubble” with no conjugal visits for 4 years? Will there ever be athletics again At my university during what I have as my short window of opportunity.

                  All I would know is that my school chose to end football, indefinitely.

                  If there is more just cause for a free transfer, I’d like to hear it. If a student in the stands using a racial epithet is a justifiable reason for a free transfer, surely the cancellation of the very sport itself is.

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                • I guess in this case, the NCAA is on the side of the angels. Thank goodness for their mandates protecting the athletes from the chaos they might unleash if they were free to choose their own paths.

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              • Skeptic Dawg

                We should all prepare for the portal to a nutty and wild place following the news from the NCAA last night. It appears as if everyone playing Fall sports will be granted an additional year of eligibility, just as Spring athletes were.

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          • TN Dawg

            And really the fact that not every player will be extended the opportunity to transfer is justification to deny those that are the opportunity.

            That’d be like saying that unless every kid gets a marketing contract that no kid should get NLI rights.

            Those that can benefit, should benefit.

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            • rigger92

              Don’t you think that the fact that every player Junior would transfer in would be taking a spot on the roster away from a player that committed and played at Ole Miss? It would be a real shitty locker room.

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              • TN Dawg

                Not necessarily.

                I’ve no idea where Ole Miss sits in terms of the scholarship limit, but we’ve certainly seen many years that attrition has gutted UGA recruiting classes and the full scholarship allotment has not been exercised.

                Obviously schools with open slots could offer to players with free transfers.

                It’s not as if the NCAA would not have the ability to pencil in a provision that stated that schools may not rescind a scholarship in order to offer it to a player with a free transfer or else the transfer waiver would not be approved.

                The NCAA approves eligibility and denies it with at will anyway, as we’ve seen with JT Daniels and Cade Mayes.

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            • waterloodawg

              Your argument above is well reasoned and sensible. The only way to accommodate the influx of players to other teams would be to increase scholarships though.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    He’s such a great guy. And if he has to cut anybody to make room for all these orphans, I’m sure he will be happy to let them be immediately eligible at any SEC West school!

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  3. Castleberry

    Would they be eligible to transfer as students? If so, I think they should have the same freedom as a player. I heard LSU is under. Florida could use a few receivers (last I heard).

    Now – if you want to pay the kids and put them under contract – that’s a different story.

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  4. godawgs1701

    “My team looks like it’s going to suck this year and I’d like to have some of Ohio State’s guys so I can win the Egg Bowl.”

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  5. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    Selfish bullshit spewed by amoral jackal Lane is exactly why he is so popular

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  6. spur21

    I’ll give Lane a pass on this one since he kicked Tenn in the balls a while back. That has to earn him a little pass.

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