Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Why Transfer Rules in College are Stupid
If you are lucky enough to be released from your scholarship the list of places you cannot go will limit your options so much you will be lucky if you can play anywhere near your family and friends. Conferences usually have rules about players transferring within conference that discourage it so much that it is seldom a issue. Then coaches will look at schedules and remove eligible schools because you may play against them in a couple years.
Coaches can leave schools to move to another school in conference or not. Tom O'brien left Boston college for NC State to make more money, and Tommy Tubberville did the same thing at Ole Miss when he left for Auburn. What am I missing if it is okay for the adults then why can't the players do this as well. Perhaps the controls coaches have over the players would force them to lighten up how much they practice, have film study and bend the rules of 20 hour week to force players to focus on their sport more.
The thought that these players are there for pure academic reasons in most cases in complete hogwash. Coaches manipulate systems to keep their focus especially on football, and their academics are second nature. The transfer rules are not about keeping players from turning college athletics into a free agent type anarchy, but are more about the coaches and controlling the players. If a player is truly unhappy why couldn't they leave for any other school? Football scholarships are one year agreements anyway, and coaches use this to strip scholarships or start the waiver wire as many fans associate this with.
If Coaches can bounce from school to school without penalty or sitting out a year then there shouldn't be any reason to limit the players. The NCAA is about control and it is about time someone stood up to them.
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