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Report: NCAA may give athletes more transfer freedom

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10:22 AM ET 09.08 | The NCAA is still trying to get its arms around the complexities of transfers, but the organization does seem headed toward solving one part of the riddle. By perhaps as early as next season, athletes could be able to dictate what school they want to transfer to as opposed to seeking approval from their universities and coaches. "It would be a situation where a kid would provide notice that he's transferring and wants to talk to these five schools, for example," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, told ESPN.com. "Schools can't say, we're giving you permission but not to these five schools. It's in the student's control more." Lennon said the issue isn't entirely settled, but he expects it to discussed formerly with NCAA membership in the spring, with an eye for a formal change by this time next year.

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September 8, 2013  10:37 AM ET

It's a start, coaches come and go all the time, athletes need more flexibility.

September 8, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Next step-take some of the coach's $$$ ( Mack Brown $5 mill plus) and pay players.

September 8, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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It's a start, coaches come and go all the time, athletes need more flexibility.

Exactly. Rule number one should be if the head coach is fired or takes another job, then players are free to transfer. Period. That was the guy they committed to play for, not just a school. That one rule would guide a lot of decisions made.

September 8, 2013  01:04 PM ET
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That was the guy they committed to play for, not just a school.

This is the heart of the problem. Most of these kids think they are going to be pro football players. The reality is that less than ten percent of any eligible class will get invited to training camp, let alone actually make an NFL team. All parents and guardians of high school players being offered scholarships should make it about the education, not the football.

September 8, 2013  03:22 PM ET
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This is the heart of the problem. Most of these kids think they are going to be pro football players. The reality is that less than ten percent of any eligible class will get invited to training camp, let alone actually make an NFL team. All parents and guardians of high school players being offered scholarships should make it about the education, not the football.

Agree to a point, but I think the heart of the problem is that a kid get recruited to a school by being told they'll be the next BMOC. The problem is, recruiters have told the same thing to a half a dozen other kids who play that same position. The kid arrives, realizes there are all these other guys as good or better than he is. He gets disillusioned about his chances to play and wants out.

September 8, 2013  03:57 PM ET

I think that would be a good move. Currently, if the coach gets all po'ed (that's p....o...e..d...) then they can cause all sorts of problems for the player.

 
September 8, 2013  10:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Exactly. Rule number one should be if the head coach is fired or takes another job, then players are free to transfer. Period. That was the guy they committed to play for, not just a school. That one rule would guide a lot of decisions made.

I was thinking the exact same thing. Are the players transferring to follow the coach, or they going to a third school? You may have to limit the number of players that are allowed to transfer; you can't have the whole team allowed to transfer just because the coach left. Also, if a senior wants to transfer because the coach left and is allowed to, then that player should not be forced to sit out for a year.

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