The College Quickie: It's Time to Make Transfer Rules Fair for All

We’ll file this under shock-and-awe: coaches aren’t happy with players who graduate and decide to transfer to another school to finish their eligibility. Why? Who knows, but it’s complete and utter ridiculousness.

I might understand if coaches didn’t leave voluntarily for other jobs or if “student-athletes” had leverage yearly to transfer from one school to another, but the reality is that coaches can leave whenever they want and the kids cannot.

Last I checked contracts were supposed to be binding documents that say one side will do X while the other side will do Y. This applies to college athletics, the CEO at the very large company I work for, and the agreement to pay my car loan every month. Speaking of, if anyone can pick that up for me this month I’d really appreciate it.

So, when coaches agree to coach at a place for say three years, but leave after two where is the outrage? How come no one is upset that Mike Riley left Oregon State for Nebraska? I’ll double-check, but I’m almost positive Riley had time remaining on his contract.

So when kids fulfil their obligations to universities – yes, the NLI is a binding contract – why are people, namely the coaches who can come and go as they please, so upset?

Do coaches and universities pour money into training these kids to be better players? Of course, but you know what, so does my employer.

When kids transfer is there the potential that their arrival could significantly change the dynamic of their new locker room? You got it, but that’s applied to every new hire everywhere.

When the kid transfers from Ohio University to THE Ohio State University, are the kids at Ohio upset? Nope! Because they know said transfer completed his obligation and is now in a better place.

So why the coaching hypocrisy? Jesus only knows why, because we mere mortals have no clue.

Can we level the playing field a little bit? Instead of worrying about graduate transfer rules, can we maybe change all the transfer rules? If not, can we change one of the most important regulations?

When Mike Riley leaves Oregon State for Nebraska or Urban Meyer leaves Ohio State for Notre Dame or when Frank Beamer is fired from Virginia Tech, can we offer an unconditional release to every student athlete so they can “explore their options”?

Or would that make a bit too much sense?

Why are the adults the only group allowed to go where they want, but the kids have to stay? Also, these aren’t kids. They’re young men, and the majority of them won’t be playing at the next level, but if them transferring means they attend a school that actually forces them to gain a skill they can use after they leave college…then their transfer should be allowed immediately.

This is all a pipe dream – well except for the part about my car payment – so y’all can wake up and go back to work now.