Category Archives: Transfers Are For Coaches.

“… Addison’s professional future was going to lead his decision-making.”

Can I just say that whoever the folks are guiding Jordan Addison’s career know what they’re doing? I mean, a few weeks ago, it’s common knowledge he was jumping ship to USC for a handsome NIL reward (not to mention trading Pittsburgh for sunny LA) and his former coach accused his new coach of tampering.  Not pretty.

So what happens?  He embarks on a tour of college campuses, supposedly weighing his transfer options, selling it well enough to get a variety of pundits to speculate on his best landing spot, all to wind up exactly where it was said he was going at the beginning.

But the real chef’s kiss?  Announcing the decision on the same day that the Fisher-Saban brouhaha sucked every molecule of oxygen out of the media tent.  That, my friends, is working it.  If I had a kid who was weighing his career options, I’d be looking up Addison’s advisers right now.


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Seventh time’s the charm.

Man, between Connor Bazelak leaving the program and Mizzou’s prize QB recruit at risk of jumping to major league baseball, I knew Drinkwitz was beating the bushes for another body at the position this season.  I just wasn’t expecting it to be someone who hasn’t played for more than a season.

After months of searching for a transfer, Missouri may have found its quarterback for the 2022 season. And after an even longer and more circuitous college career, Jack Abraham has found a landing spot for his seventh and final season of eligibility. Abraham, a graduate transfer who spent last season at Mississippi State, committed to the Tigers on Monday.

He’s not coming in with a scholly — that’s something he’ll be granted, presumably, if he wins the starting job — so it’s not a particularly high risk move, but it does show that Mizzou has issues at the most important position on the field.  How bad do coach and player need each other?  This bad:  “He has not met head coach Eli Drinkwitz in person yet, but has had phone conversations with the Tigers’ head coach in the last few days.”

Sounds like Mizzou’s about to embark on a whirlwind fall practice.


Filed under SEC Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

The luxury of not needing to poach

I don’t think Kirby’s bullshitting Finebaum here:

I just don’t think he’s right.  It’s a matter of perspective.  When you’ve recruited the way he has over the past five years (and counting), you shouldn’t need to engege in poaching, and, given the risk you have of upsetting kids already on a loaded roster, you shouldn’t want to, either.

Beyond that, Georgia’s the defending national champion and Smart has the program humming.  Of course he’s got kids at other schools reaching out to him.  But how many programs are positioned the way Georgia is right now?  (And of the rest, how many are willing to do whatever to catch up?)


Filed under Georgia Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

Check out the big brain on Gary.

Tell me you haven’t paid attention to the Alston decision without telling me you haven’t paid attention to the Alston decision.

“NIL … is a good thing. And actually, that part of it is going well on our campus,” Barta told broadcaster Gary Dolphin on the university’s “Fight for Iowa” podcast that was released Thursday. “But what has happened is it is now being used for recruiting inducements. That was never intended. It still is against the rules, but it’s blatantly being abused.”

Barta met with other NCAA powerbrokers recently in Scottsdale, Arizona, to work on charting the course for college athletics.

Repealing the one-time transfer permit wouldn’t affect incoming freshmen’s ability to score a big NIL deal. But, in Barta’s opinion, doing so would help stabilize the wild roster movement that is taking place on a lot of major-college campuses.

“You don’t have to lose your scholarship. But you must sit out a year. Because we can control that,” Barta said. “And that I think would slow down the (NIL) deals, because a booster isn’t going to offer a student-athlete a big sum of money if they know they have to sit out a year.”

Congratulations, genius.  You’re taking notes on a criminal conspiracy describing a textbook antitrust violation.  Lawyers across the country are shaking their heads.

This guy is the AD at a P5 university and once served as the front man for the CFP selection committee.  Jesus, where do they find these people?


Filed under General Idiocy, See You In Court, Transfers Are For Coaches.

Pinocchio in the SEC West

Tell me, which of these do you think is the bigger fib?

I lean towards Saban’s comment, although if Jimbo’s being truthful, that’s a helluvan admission.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

The law of intended consequences

So, you’ve got a bunch of lazy coaches who can’t keep their roster numbers up to Alabama/Georgia levels because of the transfer portal… and their preferred solution to the problem is to change one of the few limits in place to keep Saban and Smart from running completely roughshod over recruiting.

Few guardrails promote parity in college football.

There’s no salary cap, no player draft, and admitting just 3% of FBS programs into the College Football Playoff each year makes it difficult for those outside the sport’s innermost circle to ascend.

Basically, two parameters promote any semblance of parity:

  • Limiting rosters to 85 scholarship players
  • The 25-player limit on signing classes, a figure that accounts for high school recruits plus transfers

Working together, those guardrails keep the best programs from acquiring an endless bounty of top talent.

However, college football decision-makers are considering tearing down the latter guardrail, a move that should help recruiting elites like Alabama, Georgia and increasingly Texas A&M stockpile a deeper volume of inbound talent.

Athlon Sports reported this week that the NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote later this month to eliminate the 25-player signing cap for at least the next two years. This change would not eliminate the overall limit of 85 scholarship players.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Now envision a scenario in which the guardrail limiting a program’s amount of newcomers is removed.

What’s to stop Alabama from signing 30 of the top high school prospects and adding 10 of the best available transfers?

Texas A&M has been quiet in the transfer market and instead used most of its spots on high school recruits. Its 30-man signing class this year ranks as the top-rated in the history of the 247Sports Composite. The Aggies inked 27 five- or four-star prospects. Tear down the guardrails, and the Aggies may assemble 37 five- or four-star prospects.

But, if the elites add 40 of the best available newcomers every year instead of 25, won’t they exceed the overall limit of 85 scholarships?

Not necessarily.

The 25-player signing limit dissuades coaches from running older players off the roster. If that guardrail is removed, what’s to stop a coach from adding 40 newcomers per year, and then after a year in the system, retain the best 15 to 20 and run off the rest, allowing room to add another 40 newcomers without exceeding the 85 scholarship cap?

So, to review: Eliminating the 25-player signing cap would be designed to combat roster holes created by the increased rate of transfers and attrition. However, removing that signing cap limit further encourages transfers and attrition.

Nick Saban thanks you, fellow coaches.

I wrote “intended consequences” in the header, because we’ve already seen a partial trial run this year.

We received a sneak peak at what removing the 25-man guardrail will do, because this year, programs had been allowed to add up to 32 newcomers, as they adjust to the new transfer landscape.

So, Alabama signed a 25-man recruiting class that ranked No. 2 nationally. Then, the Tide grabbed five of the top available transfers, and it has room for a couple more.

These people will be back in three years, promoting a solution to fix the mess they just created.


Filed under Recruiting, Transfers Are For Coaches.

TFW the numbers check out

A follow up on my “has Georgia already won the transfer portal?” post:

I guess we’re not following an average program.


Filed under Georgia Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

A primer on tampering

There are a bunch of examples in this piece about how to push the envelope without going over the line, but I think all you probably need to know is contained in this one handy quote:

“Some schools are better at tampering/NIL stuff because they’ve been doing it for years,” the source said. “It’s just legal now.”


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, Transfers Are For Coaches.

TFW culture is more than a catchphrase

Andy Staples’ comment about Darnell Washington brought a question to mind:  has Georgia already won this transfer portal cycle?

No, I’m not being facetious.  We’re past the May 1 deadline, and while it’s somewhere between uncertain and unlikely that Kirby Smart will sign anyone out of the portal, it’s a lot clearer that he isn’t losing any players of consequence beyond Jermaine Burton.  Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, Washington isn’t leaving.  Amerius Mims stuck his toe in the transfer pool, then changed his mind and decided to stay in Athens.

That’s two five-star kids who know the program.  I don’t know too many other programs this go ’round who have had a similar haul. (And that’s without even getting into Arik Gilbert!) Especially when you consider the post-natty mindset and the way talent is stacked in Athens, getting everyone they got to stick it out is quite a testament to what Smart has built.


Filed under Georgia Football, Transfers Are For Coaches.

The portal pushback, she is beginning.

You knew something would be coming.

College football coaches will propose transfer windows in the late fall and spring to help with roster management around the transfer portal.

Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Tuesday his group would like two transfer windows for players to enter their names in the portal: one from the final Sunday in November until the early signing date in mid-December, and another from April 15 to May 1. Both windows would coincide with contact periods in recruiting. Players wouldn’t be required to transfer, only to enter the portal during designated time periods.

The NCAA’s transfer portal, which debuted in October 2018, currently doesn’t have specific windows for movement. The only deadline is that players must notify schools that they are entering the portal by May 1 of each academic year. Berry noted that AFCA members proposed transfer windows before the portal went into effect, but they have not been adopted.

Assuming it’s adopted, I have no idea how it shakes out, but, given this comment…

“We’re working on a window concept that I think is going to be very good for the student-athlete, to give them those opportunities, and to provide the universities and their team and teammates with a little bit more clarity on positions and recruiting and those kinds of things.”

… I can guess who stands to benefit the most.  After all, there’s no bigger tell in college athletics than doing it for the kids.


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