Montana State coach Rob Ash: FCS schools not 'Triple-A'

Thursday February 12th, 2015

Montana State coach Rob Ash is not a fan of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule that allows athletes that have graduated to transfer to another school and immediately become eligible to play.

Ash made the comments after Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play for Oregon next season.

Most athletes that transfer must sit out one year, but those who have graduated and transfer can play immediately. The rule is contingent on the athletes in enrolling in a graduate program that is not offered by their previous school.

"We're Division I like the other level," Ash said to the Associated Press. "Our guys need to start and finish at the same school. We cannot be perceived as a farm system or Triple-A ballclub or anything like that."

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Ash says he felt the rule is being “manipulated” by the schools in college football’s top tier.

Ash spoke to Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin this week to try to drum up support to at least get the NCAA to reconsider the rule.

The rule has consequences for Adams, who has torched Montana State the last two seasons, passing for 658 yards and two touchdowns. Baldwin said on ESPN radio that Adams is not allowed to use the team’s athletic facilities while he trains before his transfer to Oregon, even though the quarterback will remain on scholarship at Eastern Washington until he graduates.

Ash, who has a 65–32 record in eight seasons at Montana State, believes a lot of FCS athletes slip through the cracks while being recruited.

“We have a lot of guys at FCS that got missed in the recruiting process, developed late,” Ash said. ''They're still Division I guys.”

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