I Can’t Get Enough of This Subject

What’s on my iPod right now: Rush, by Big Audio Dynamite.

I was chatting with an assistant coach last night, and the subject of the transfer rate of players came up. I told him I was amazed at the length of that list.

He knew the exact number of transfers–coaches know that kind of minutiae–and though I’ve forgotten that number, it was about 240. Now, factor in the list of kids that don’t cut it academically and will transfer that aren’t on the “chose to go elsewhere” list. It’s nearing one player per D1 team. Five years ago, that list may have been about 40. Wow.

So here’s the immediate two questions:

1. Is the one-year sabbatical, especially considering you get to practice with the team, outdated and no longer a deterrent? You could argue it’s a year to get physically and mentally mature, and to become a part of the new team.

2. Considering the coaching carousel, is it fair to “penalize” the kids and not the coach?

Look–the competitive nature of any industry will see that competition define trends and nuance in search of an advantage. I can make the argument that the one-year sitting rule actually promotes transfers. I get a year to mature, grow, get to know the team and the coach and the system and the new college, all in a better situation than I was leaving? And my only penalty is no game action for a year? Where do I sign up? Heck, what coach wouldn’t want that?

I’m not smart enough to know the answer, but it’s out there. It’s kind of like the Lords of the Masters. Tiger ate up the course, along with everyone else, so they decided it needed more length. Adding 30 yards to holes here adn there worked for a time, but technology caught up with them.

And all the while the US Open kept growing six-inch rough and it remains the major golf tournament with the highest scores.

It’s just become about so much more than a kid wanting more playing time.


~ by mglitos on June 20, 2007.

One Response to “I Can’t Get Enough of This Subject”

  1. Whatever the NCAA does, they shouldn’t punish the kids. I truly believe that the coaches are at fault for the majority of the transfers. The amount of money that the coaches are being paid has gotten too big. The money attracts the wrong type of people. People who don’t love the game, nor the players, but who love the money. Also, with those large sums of money comes an extreme amount of pressure. The majority of these coaches don’t know how to handle that pressure, and so they lie to the players to get them to come to their school. Once the kids are at their school, the coaches treat the players like subhumans. The kids realize this and then they leave. Simple as that. (Now, all coaches are NOT like this. There are some awesome coaches out there. However, players have to really work hard and do their research to find the good coaches.)

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