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Another unfair, ridiculous NCAA rule

Another unfair, ridiculous NCAA rule

Another unfair, ridiculous NCAA rule
October 19
13:51 2018

Here we go again, beating a dead horse and talking about another silly NCAA rule: the football player transfer rule. 

Undergraduate NCAA football players are required to sit on the bench one full season if they decide to transfer to another school once the realize the original program was not a good fit.

Let’s give the NCAA some credit — they have recently created a rule allowing athletes who have played less than four games in a season to be able to transfer and play at their new school immediately.

Nevertheless, the restriction of player movement in the NCAA is completely blasphemous due to the fact that coaches can leave whenever they want with no consequences.

Florida State head football coach Willie Taggart is coaching his third team in three years. In 2016, he coached the South Florida Bulls, and in 2017 he coached the Oregon Ducks. I have no problem with Taggart’s moves over these past three seasons. He did what he thought was best for his career — but everyone should have that right to choose.

The problem, however, is that in the two programs Taggart coached before Florida State, he convinced many teenagers to commit four years of their new adult lives to play for a program he would not be a part of by the time they stepped on campus. And now, what do the players get who want to leave the program? The opportunity to sit out for a year of their “job” because of a coach who decided to leave after promising them a future at his program.

The mind-boggling issue with this scenario is that the NCAA holds 18-year-old kids more accountable than 40-plus-year-old adults. The logic in this concept is completely asinine.

When current North Texas wide receiver Keegan Brewer wanted to leave the Kansas Jayhawks football program for the Mean Green after his freshman season, he had to sit out the 2017 season because of this absurd rule. That’s like getting hired for a job but then not being able to start after a simple transfer.

Imagine this scenario: Mean Green head coach Seth Littrell gets an opportunity to coach at a more historically competitive football program and decides to take his entire offensive coaching staff. That is completely fine — there is no penalty for Littrell, and he is simply doing what is best for him and his coaching staff’s careers. Now if Mason Fine, who has spent his first three seasons under this staff and offensive scheme, wanted to transfer somewhere with a better opportunity or similar offensive scheme, he would have to sit out a year simply because he wanted a better opportunity after all his coaches left.

There is simply no logic in this NCAA rule. The NCAA claims they have rules like this to protect the amateurism of the sport, but last time I checked, there is absolutely nothing amateur about an organization that pulls in more than a billion dollars in revenue every year. The only thing amateur about the NCAA is the logic in which they operate with. 

Newsflash – there is no logic.

NCAA football is a billion-dollar organization that is treating its unpaid laborers like high schoolers. The players make the money for the NCAA. Fans fill 100,000 seat stadiums to watch the players play, not the coaches coach. Simply put, the NCAA needs to allow these young men who make them money the freedom to go wherever they want if they feel like there’s a better opportunity for success without punishing them from their “job” for a year. It is time for the NCAA to stop allowing grown adult coaches to be less accountable than newly adult players. Let them leave without penalty as you do with the coaches. 

Do the right thing for once, NCAA.

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Jacob Solomon

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  1. SM
    SM January 25, 14:37

    “they have recently created a rule allowing athletes who have played less than four games in a season to be able to transfer and play at their new school immediately.”

    No, they have not. The new redshirt rule (allowed to play in 4 games instead of none) has no impact whatsoever on whether a player has to sit out after transfer. If you’re a grad transfer, you play immediately; if you’re not a grad transfer, you sit out. Period. The new redshirt rule didn’t change this at all. Bryant from Clemson is a graduate transfer.

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