The downside of it just means more

So, the NCAA now permits one-time free transfers, and most conferences have followed suit in permitting players to freely transfer to schools within the conference.  The SEC, though, is not one of those conferences, at least not yet.  There’s a puzzling note about that from Rivals’ Mike Farrell.

… but I’ve also heard an odd rumor about the intraconference transfer rule for the SEC. Apparently a player who just left an SEC program was told by the school that if he wants to go to another SEC program he’s going to either have to sit out a year or it will cost that SEC team two scholarships to land him. This is a cryptic preview of what the SEC could decide, although I don’t buy the two- scholarship deal at all. And I highly doubt the one-year sit out rule because the SEC is never going to put themselves at a competitive disadvantage in anything football, and that would hurt them a bit.

Or will they? Another source told me that the SEC wants to set the bar for intraconference transfers and make it nearly impossible because the conference would essentially be a madhouse in the portal. By putting deterrents in place they avoid cannibalism of the conference as well as likely force the other conferences to eventually follow suit. After all, the word from the SEC will be that if you want to win national titles this is the conference you go to and we don’t need the intraconference mess to keep it that way.

Other than sheer arrogance, it’s hard to see how this makes sense.  The note is in reference to former Tennessee star Henry To’oto’o, who, needless to say, is wanted by several other programs, both inside and outside the SEC.  He’s certainly going somewhere other than Tennessee, which means there’s no deterrence factor in play, so what interest does is serve the SEC for To’oto’o to decide on, say, Ohio State?


Filed under SEC Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

17 responses to “The downside of it just means more

  1. Life’s too short to worry about intraconference transfers. Most of these guys who are going to jump see the writing on the wall at their current school. Give them the same right every other student on campus has.

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  2. Derek

    The calculation is probably that it’s better to have Henry in Columbus than having the top programs poaching the best players from the bottom half of the conference. I would think that the concern isn’t the best teams leaking players to the bottom feeders of the sec, or even of cross pollination among the top programs. I would think the concern would lie in the marginal to bad programs (see: UT) losing its best players within the conference. The perception it would create if Missouri’s best player ended up at Alabama the next season would be problematic. Better to let Missouri’s best player go to Norman and avoid the cannibalism is my guess.

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    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Derek, for the conference’s perspective.


    • silvercreekdawg

      I too think that’s what worries the suits in Birmingham.

      Of course, the wind blows in the other direction as well. What’s to stop the bottom half of the SEC from picking off the 2nd and 3rd string at Bama or Georgia by offering immediate starting positions and/or playing time?

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      • 69Dawg

        This is where the new NIL rules scare me. What if in a grand gesture the poaching team gets all it’s fans to follow a site for Player X from school Y just to show the guy he has a better chance of the bigger buck coming from the Y fans (read Y = UT, SC etc). The kid doesn’t profit from it but he gets the idea he could make more at Y. The NCAA had better hope that somebody gets a handle on the how and where the money is going to come from. Local car dealership giving a SA the use of a very nice demonstrator for his autograph signing for example. Eating places giving gift cards etc. This is going to be the wild wild west.


  3. spur21

    It’s a short sighted idea.


  4. Bulldawg Bill

    “When Irish eyes are smilin…'”????


  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    This very much sounds like Nick Saban having his cake and eating it to inside the SEC Office.

    It has his stink all over it.


  6. stoopnagle

    Yeah, they’re clinging to whatever they can at this point. Typical anti-labor behavior.

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  7. CB

    Reeks a bit of the B1G Covid cancellation plan.


  8. TripleB

    I sort of get it. I think its better for the conference to protect its schools from each other.


    • huntindawg

      I fully agree. I hate the idea of not really having a unified team to pull for from one year to the next. Usually after one year I know every player’s jersey number, hometown, height, weight, position, and rank on the depth chart. How am I supposed to do that if I get an entirely new roster every year? My brain has only so much file space.

      A bit more seriously, I do like to cheer for the players from one year to the next and pull for certain players to improve and move up the depth chart. It’s going to stink changing to a system where it’s a revolving door.

      On the other hand, we are so far down the road toward a pro system in the P5 that I don’t think it matters. It’s already so different pulling for my Dawgs with a transfer QB and other transfer players that aren’t really Dawgs but are really just free agents trying to increase their draft stock.

      Seriously, what was more fun? Pulling for Aaron Murray or pulling for JT?


      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        What’s more fun? Pulling for an SEC Title or National Title.

        Nothing else matters. NOTHING.


        • huntindawg

          I get where you are coming from, but I’m not sure I’m on the same page. I really think I’d have more fun pulling for true Dawgs playing for UGA for the SEC championship than a group of mercenaries playing for UGA for the national title. To use an acronym learned from the senator, YMMV.


          • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

            The fact is, it’s never going to be one or the other. So you can enjoy the reality of what we have, or you can not enjoy it because you wish it was the way it used to be.

            As you said, YMMV, but I’m going to choose the option to “enjoy.”

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  9. Tony BarnFart

    I’m fine with strict rules about intra-conference transfer. There needs to be something or i think everyone is going to get really jaded really fast. No, I don’t want to see 75 Cade Mayses every season.

    You really need a change in scenery ?…….then bye, leave the conference. Oh you want to go next door ? Well, if you really really want to, then sit a year. Sitting a year is not the end of the world. I don’t know why it’s always cast that way.


    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Because of the unequal nature between players and coaches in that regard, that’s why.

      If Saban retires at the end of this season, Bama can hire Kiffin and Kiffin does not have to sit out a year.

      Tubs left Ole Miss for the riches of Auburn and didn’t have to sit out a year.

      Mike Bobo was just retained as Sakerlina’s OC by Shane Beamer and then what literally feels like the next day he took the Auburn OC job. He’s not going to have to sit out a year.