Once Again, NCAA Wrong To Wait On One-Time Transfer Proposal

Greg Arias

What the heck is the matter with the good folks in Indianapolis? Once again, the NCAA had the opportunity to earn favor with universities, fans, and the media, but failed miserably on something so simple my five-year-old granddaughter could have done it. 

A proposed one-time transfer waiver that would allow college athletes to transfer and be immediately eligible at their new school was tabled until at least the 2021-22 academic year, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The news was initially reported by Brett McMurphy of Stadium and shared by Sports Illustrated's Nick Selbe.

Why wait?

"The transfer environment has long been an issue of much discussion in Division I. The Division I Council is committed to a uniform and equitable approach to transfer rules that considers student-athlete well- being and the opportunities available after transfer," said Division-I  Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. "We will not simply change the rule, but we will consider a comprehensive package designed to address the multiple complexities involved."

Really? 

Just how many complexities can there be here? Yes, I know there are some issues, but are they that complicated that a bunch of academics on this council can't work them out in short order and make this thing right!

Let's be honest here; I'm old school and not in the camp that colleges and or universities should compensate student-athletes outside their scholarships. Those scholarships include meals, books, clothes, and a free education worth millions throughout a lifetime if the athletes will take advantage of the student portion of the proposition.  

However, how is it that a young man or woman should be punished for deciding to transfer from one school to another for whatever reason?

Yes, I know it would be a literal nightmare to allow mass transfers with no repercussions, but this one-time deal without penalty isn't that, and it's the right thing to do, but once again, the NCAA made the wrong decision and will now push dealing with this off until at least 2021-22. 

Meanwhile, student-athletes like Vanderbilt basketball's Issac McBride, who recently transferred from Kansas, must now hope and wait for a waiver to be eligible to play in the coming season. 

Why did McBride decide to leave Kansas? I don't know, and I don't care as long as when he left, he was in good standing academically and had not violated team rules and was leaving to avoid suspension or one step ahead of the law.

None of that things-especially the last part- apply to McBride in any way, but because things weren't right for him with the Jayhawks, he could now face a season away from the game for making a wrong decision.      

How is that right, or in the best interest of a student-athlete?

It's not and shame on Calhoun and the rest of her fellow board members on the D-I Council for kicking this can down the road for someone else to deal with so that their watch didn't have to make a simple decision. 

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