Rumor: Unlimited Transfer Ability for College Athletes —Cataclysmic?

Updated on January 30, 2018 in General Athletics
9 on January 23, 2018

Who know s if it will be come a reality, but rumor has it that the NCAA is considering dropping the requirement that undergraduate transfers sit out a year.  https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/01/19/change-transfer-rule-possibilities-collegiate-athletics

What’s the board’s thoughts on it?

Will it doom college hoops?

Does it make a level playing field for players and coaches, the latter of which can move at will (and get paid handsome sums to do it)?  Maybe coaches will really have to earn those dollars to ensure players are getting what was promised? Or will it undermine coaching decisions (i.e. gotta play this kid, or he may be bolt on me.)

Will it benefit the likes of SCU, where we could more easily get an underused power conference player?

Or will we be at risk of losing a solid player who sees and bright lights elsewhere?

 

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0 on January 23, 2018

If coaches can do it players should be able to do it.

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0 on January 24, 2018

Like every rule change in college sports, the top level of the power 5 conferences will benefit and the other schools will be hurt.  I think for an SCU, players like KJ Feagin would be recruited to bigger schools who have a specific need for a year.  I just think that weaker schools who had star players would just lose them because they could just bail and play right away.  i suppose it could happen the other way as well, guys on big time schools who aren’t getting much playing time could transfer down for playing time.  But overall I can’t see how this helps us.

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1 on January 24, 2018

I’d like to see it only in cases where: (a) coach leaves; or (b) school gets sanctioned by conference or NCAA and is ineligible for post-season play, etc (unless sanctions were caused by player’s actions).

on January 24, 2018

Agree w/ buckets. Good compromise and incremental change.
I understand the fairness issue and comparison to coaches leaving w/ no limits. But allowing unlimited transferring would create a chaotic environment and look like AAU w/ kids moving from team to team seeking greener pastures, more PT, etc. As is, transferring has already increased substantially in the past 20yrs, imagine what it’ll be if there are no limitations.

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4 on January 25, 2018

Pretty sure it’s already the rule in baseball and some other sports. Not sure why basketball is or should be special.

on January 25, 2018

You’re sort of correct. The transfer and sit-out rule applies to baseball, football, men’s and women’s hoops, and men’s ice hockey.
Immediately eligible in other sports as long as you’re in good academic standing….but note, my understanding is it is a one-time deal, can’t transfer a 2nd time and be immediately eligible.

on January 27, 2018

Must have changed it for baseball then, bc it used to be that way there too. 

Mainly I think the rules shouldn’t be different for coaches than players. If there was a rule that coaches have to sit out a year when they change jobs, then sure. 

on January 30, 2018

I sort of agree with you, secondyear, about coaches needing to sit out a year. However, I would caveat it: if a coach is terminated by the school, or a coach has completed his/her contract term and decides not to renew, then no sit-out period.

on January 30, 2018

Why would we prevent coaches from making a livelihood? I don’t have to sit out year between jobs (despite the fact that that sounds like a great idea but my wife would divorce me).  Why should coaches?  Yes, it sucks that they move at the drop of the hat wherever the money or prestige is better, but they shouldn’t be shackled. 

Yes, moving freely invites chaos, but college hoops is already a dirty money machine, might as well admit it and let all the stakeholders, including young, impressionable and possibly misguided student-athletes make decisions that  they believe can benefit them the most.

 

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