Should “Sit-Up Year” Revert to NCAA Transformation Rules?

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports and Pat Fordy of Sports Illustrated discuss the transfer portal chaos in college basketball and football, and discuss whether the rule requiring athletes to be transferred to sit for a year should return to help curb that chaos.

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and WETZEL: 13 months ago, they passed a rule saying the one-time transfer gate. Once, you join, you can enter the portal and play, without penalty. In the past, you had to sit in one season. You will still get classes, room, dining, medicine, training. You can train with the team, teach, all different things. You can collect Bill Grant money. You can get your salary. Those kids are in school, coming out plus, positive cash, right?

Pat Ford: Yeah.

and WETZEL: I mean, you could make 30 or 40k in some of these schools for being a college athlete now.

Pat Ford: Yeah.

and WETZEL: This has created free agency which I think is at least a fairer concern among the players. And as a general sport, if you’re trying to manage yourself, you don’t want to see a lot of players moving around. You don’t want to see Pete get attacked every year if they have a good player.

Pat Ford: Yeah.

and WETZEL: So the thing they should never have gotten rid of is one year. They should have kept – if you want to transport. I don’t think it’s punitive. I don’t think he is a mean soul. I don’t think it’s unfair to give a kid an extra year of college and all that goes with it. I think this is a way.

Now the problem of transfers is historically – and this, of course, is what happens – coaches complaining about the abuse of the system.

Pat Ford: Definitely.

and WETZEL: And the reason we have a transfer gate is because the coaches were able to block out where you want to go. 2018, Backup QB Evan Shirreffs of Miami, Miami banned 18 schools.

Pat Ford: Wow!

and WETZEL: 2009, Robert Marv, another quarterback from Miami, 27 schools they banned.

Pat Ford: Wonderful.

and WETZEL: 2010, West Lunt, Oklahoma State, Banned from 38 schools.

Pat Ford: Wonderful.

and WETZEL: So the coaches, administrators, and conference officials who oversaw all of this just sat there and allowed college football to be completely obscene, vengeful and mean, showing no interest in the player or his family. Totally absurd. Pigs are fattened and pigs slaughtered.

Pat Ford: Yeah. The adults screw this up for the players, for the athletes, because they’re trying to get a crazy advantage, whatever it is, or just to be punitive and selective. But if you come back – and I understand your point about the transfer of residence for one year is not a bad thing. But it was completely inconsistent, because in almost every sport in college athletics, you can immediately move on.

and WETZEL: exactly.

Pat Ford: But not football and basketball because they were too much, too evil, backbiting and infighting were too much. And so they provoked such a stench which is why they started the base of the year.

and WETZEL: Football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey. That is why you have lost all your goodwill and why you are so turned on. Because for decades, you guys have done this. They are the same damned people.

Pat Ford: right. Rules intended to benefit people in power and to completely nullify or nullify the power of athletes. That’s what the whole thing has always been about, and it’s all been competitive. And we’re mad at that school, so, all of a sudden, we have to have a rule where you have to sit and then we can tell you which schools you can’t go to, which has always been bad.

The other part of that, then, well, the waiver mania came like 2017, 18, 19. And suddenly, everyone needs a waiver, because everyone’s grandmother is sick and I need to be closer to Grandma.

and WETZEL: Oh no. You have a story – did your grandmother really have cancer? Can we — then get people to go, can I see the medical records?

Pat Ford: right.

and WETZEL: right. So there were both too – so they were very hard and mean, and then they became very soft.

Pat Ford: Yeah.

and WETZEL: And so for me, the way out of a lot of this is, letting the player go anywhere they want. No restrictions allowed, because that’s bad. But at the same time, she says, you should all sit for a year. I don’t care if I’m the lowest cricket member or whatever it is that grew up at Stanford. Everyone must be out of competition for a year. Treat. yes?

They have it in high school.

Pat Ford: Yeah. Yeah.

and WETZEL: Okay? Now, will you be sued? Are you standing in the way of someone’s ability to work? I don’t know. Because you can still say they can get paid by the group and still give them all their money, but if you do, give them all their pay and all the money they got, I don’t know. So really good second and third year students are not going anywhere. Even if you are a beginner and want to move, the group will basically have to pay twice as much to the player, because you will pay a child to sit.

I think you take a huge amount of heat if you can go back 13 months and not prove that thing. Now again, now you have to take something away, which you are likely to lose in court. But if you’re trying to draw a line in the sand, this is where I’d go.

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