NCAA Should Ease Transfer Regulations

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I love money. Who doesn’t? The prospect of getting more cash from another job always interests me, and always will. However, should it be the defining factor in taking or leaving a certain job?

The sports world seems always to have players and coaches leaving a certain position for another team for more money, even though they had been doing very well at their previous locations.

This is prevalent in college athletics, where coaches leave to go pro, or to coach another high-profile school even though they told all of their recruits that they would be there for the duration of the time he or she is in school.

The latest such coach is Steve Spurrier, who has been eyeing the NFL for quite sometime, but who would have thought that he would actually leave one of the best jobs in the country?

Since his resignation, a few star players from Florida have decided to leave the school because they came to play for Spurrier.

Star cornerback Lito Sheppard has already reported that he will put his name in the list of players for the NFL draft, and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney is not very far behind, as he is questioning his stay in Gainesville.

Orange Bowl MVP Taylor Jacobs is also considering leaving the school.

“I was not thinking about leaving until after the Orange Bowl,” Jacobs, a junior wide receiver, told the Gainesville Sun. “I’ll have to see if they bring in another coach, who it is, and I’ll have to think about what’s best for me. I’m really, really going to explore it.”

The ripple effect Spurrier has created has devastated the school, but Florida is now looking to sign Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops to replace him, and have reportedly offered Stoops $3 million per year.

If Stoops leaves the Sooners, then the same exact problem that occurred in Florida will happen in Oklahoma.

But don’t think this will be the first time that it has happened. It has already occurred twice during and after the bowl season, when George O’Leary left the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets only to resign from Notre Dame.

Tyrone Willingham jumped at this opportunity and left his players at Stanford in the cold after he reportedly told them that he would not take the job for the Fighting Irish.

There have been countless coaches jumping for the money and the stardom of another school or the pro game.

Players suffer the consequences of coaches breaking their word with them and with the school; however, if they want to transfer to another school, they would have to forfeit a year of their eligibility.

Seems fair, huh?

What could possibly be done for players and future recruits to rely on the coaches to be there when they get on the field?

Absolutely nothing.

Butch Davis going to Cleveland, Mike Riley going to the Chargers, and Tommy Bowden travelling to Death Valley to coach the Clemson Tigers? Every time a coach leaves a school out to dry, I hope he or she fails miserably, in order to teach them what it feels like.

I’ll keep feeling that way unless the NCAA does something that it has never done in its entire existence: Empower the individual if and when a coach decides to leave the school.

Putting a player in a bind as to forfeiting a year of eligibility, or playing with a coach they would never want to be coached by is not fair, but I guess that is what the college game?especially football?is all about.

The NCAA already screws teams out of the national title game, why not screw the players out of having a good college experience by putting in a silly rule to make them stay?

I understand why the NCAA put the rule there in the first place, but it should be waived when the coach leaves.

But it will never happen. Why would the NCAA ever allow it to happen? It’s too reasonable.

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