Category Archives: Transfers Are For Coaches.

Gone, but not forgotten

I thought they were supposed to quit whining once they got their waiver, PAWWWLLL.


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“Do it for the kids” can never fail.

It can only be failed.


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Free agency!

It’s here.

It’s the right thing to do.  It also means we won’t have to hear any more pained excuse making for a waiver, or see kids like Luke Ford get screwed over by a technicality.

Use it wisely, kids.


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TFW coachspeak just means more


Ain’t that the truth.




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They’re back, baby.

I don’t know if his bosses were feeling the heat, acting in their self-interests or just decided it was the right thing to do, but Greg Sankey bowed to common sense and waived a rule.

The SEC altered its rules to allow immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers in light of the coronavirus pandemic by approving waivers for some players who transferred within the league, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Previously, the SEC had mandated that players transferring within the league had to sit out a year before they were eligible. Before Wednesday’s change, the previous time the SEC adjusted the intraconference transfer rule was in 2018, when it created two exceptions — one for graduate transfers and one for players on teams facing NCAA postseason bans.

“It must be stated unequivocally that these approvals are solely a reflection of the unique circumstances present and should not be interpreted as endorsement of the rationale set forth by individuals seeking these waivers,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “These are unprecedented times in which decisions about eligibility and competitive opportunities demand consideration of the current challenges facing student-athletes and schools as a result of COVID-19. In a non-COVID environment there may have been a different outcome for some of the waiver requests determined today.”

That, of course means freedom to play for Cade Mays and Joey Greenwood Gatewood.  One other high-profile transfer remains in limbo, although that’s not the SEC’s fault.

The SEC’s decision does not affect Ole Miss safety Otis Reese, who played at Georgia last season, because he hasn’t received a waiver from the NCAA, sources told ESPN.

I wonder if Reese regrets his public outburst now.

It sounds like this is a precursor to a more long-term move by the conference.

“Our member institutions have been clear in the past that they oppose immediate eligibility for intraconference transfers,” Sankey said in the statement. “Given the increased number of waiver requests this year, and a changing national landscape related to student-athlete transfer issues, it is evident that the current transfer bylaw must undergo a thorough review by Conference membership in the most timely manner possible and prior to the 2012-22 academic year.”

Bet there are a few coaches who aren’t happy about that.


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I blame Kirby.

Good morning.


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Sankey’s message to Mays and Reese

Basically, it boils down to “if you want a transfer waiver, choose a different conference($$).

And during a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Sankey didn’t make it sound like he would be changing his mind.

“There’s a very direct rule that says to transfer from school A to school B in the SEC, they serve an academic year residence,” Sankey said during an appearance on Birmingham radio station WJOX-94.5 FM. “There are a set of NCAA oddity exceptions and then in 2018, our membership created two more: One for grad transfers, and one for individuals on teams that face postseason bans. And people send in waiver (requests) but, you know, one of the questions that should be asked is that what the commissioner is going to do, is why haven’t our members voted to change that rule? So we’re inviting people to campus knowing there’s a clear rule and now everyone points and says, ‘Well, you need to let people out of that rule.’ And one of the questions that’s real is, why is our membership not acted to change? And the answer is because we have to work together. We have to be respectful.”

Who knew the SEC Commissioner was an angry, retaliatory Georgia fan?


UPDATE:  Kirby makes the same point.

“You’ve got to look at it from 3,000 feet above and see the landscape of things and what’s going on with everyone in the country,” Smart said on the SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday.

“I’m certainly one that thinks if a kid could have a better opportunity to go play somewhere else, and that’s their choice, we want to support that young man,” Smart, who’s entering his fifth season as Georgia’s head coach, said. “In the SEC, there are rules that are in place about going from one school to another that i’m not really in control of, that’s not my decision, that’s not my rule.

“Those are rules that were voted on among the ADs and presidents, and the commissioner has to uphold those.”

He also touched on Reese’s racism criticism.

“I don’t think he actually leveled comments about racism (within) the program,” Smart said. “But I can’t comment about what’s going on (with Reese’s case) because it’s still going on with the SEC and NCAA. I think the statement we released earlier is pretty explanatory.”


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Burning down the house

Justin Fields:  Yes, I used a drunk fool who made racist comments as a means of getting a waiver to transfer to another school to play immediately, but I left the program on good terms and didn’t attempt to embarrass Georgia publicly.

Otis Reese:  Hold my friggin’ beer, will ‘ya?

I get his frustration.  I even sympathize with it, to an extent.  Athens cops being major assholes isn’t exactly a recent development, nor one unique to Reese.  It’s when he asserts that there’s no one in the program to speak to about racism “without losing your position on the team” that he starts to lose me.  Offering Mississippi — Mississippi! — as a refuge from racists is just the icing on that particular cake.

Is UGA objecting to his waiver?  I have no reason to question his assertion, but given that it appears Cade Mays (Smart“Unfortunately, I’m not able to respond to that. In due time, it’ll play itself out, but it’s not something I’m allowed to comment on.”) received similar treatment, it’s hard to chalk Reese’s situation up to racist motives.  So I assume there’s something more going on.  In any event, I’m not sure how Reese’s tweet is going to make the school more cooperative.

Besides, according to Tom Mars, it’s really our fault.

Yes, if there’s one thing that’s marked Kirby Smart’s time in Athens, it’s his constant, craven attempt to placate the fan base.  Lawya, please.


UPDATE:  Just sayin’.


UPDATE #2:  Well, now.



But I bet he’d like to.


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Transfers **are** for coaches.

Kirby kind of gives the game away here.

On the issues of facing a staff that has such familiarity with the program…

“I don’t know that there are real issues, to be honest with you. I don’t put a huge premium on them having been part of our organization. I look at it as, they’re coaching their team and we’re coaching our team. There’s not a lot of trade secrets in football. You have to be able to block, you have to be able to tackle, you have to be able to communicate on the field.  We have a different offense than we had last year and a lot of the connection to our program was through the offensive side of the ball with Coach Pittman.  I’m not looking at it as those guys that were here last year being an issue for us there. They’re doing the best job they can to prepare their team and we’re doing the best job we can to prepare ours.  It usually boils down to what the players do on the grass, not what we do as coaches.”

If that’s the case for coaches who were involved in schemes and game planning, just think how much weaker the argument is for players who transfer.  There aren’t any dark secrets.  There’s just the element of control.

And while I’m on the subject, this is some weird bullshit.

Graf is also reporting that Kentucky has a “gentleman’s agreement” with Auburn that Gatewood will not play on Sept. 26 as a way to show thanks for Auburn’s cooperation with the waiver request. That part was not confirmed but it would be a very interesting turn of events…

That’s one way to put it.


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Cade May(s)


The Cade Mays saga of 2020 has cleared a huge hurdle toward reaching a successful conclusion for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Mays, the former five-star offensive tackle from Knoxville Catholic who started his career at the University of Georgia before transferring back to Knoxville in January, had his appeal for immediate eligibility approved by the NCAA. Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt revealed the news Thursday night during a Zoom meeting that followed practice.

“This has always been a two-step process, and the next thing is the SEC,” Pruitt said. “It’s good that our governing body decided to allow him to play. Now we go to the SEC, and I’ve not really had a chance to talk to (SEC commissioner) Greg (Sankey) much about it.

“The SEC in the past has not allowed this, so this would obviously be a waiver through the SEC.”

As someone who thinks all players should have a one-time transfer waiver, daddy’s antics notwithstanding, I’m not offended Mays got clearance from the NCAA to play this season.  On the other hand, I’m not gonna deny something along these lines didn’t cross my mind upon hearing the news:

Also, this.

Expecting logic from the NCAA is your first mistake, friend.


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