As such, the transfer gate has become a crucial component of roster building, with some coaches apparently getting around the rules to do so.
“It’s concerning,” said Clawson, a respected in-game voice who was elected earlier this year to represent the ACC on the NFL’s board of trustees. We have a lot of discussion about it, and these discussions are private, but we certainly don’t ignore them. We are fully aware of that.”
Pletnikov Prize-winning Jordan Addison’s decision to go to the transfer gate recently is widely seen as a case of manipulation. But, as Clawson and other ACC coaches emphasized this week, it’s rampant.
“It happened to a group of our players,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said. “You just don’t know exactly how it happens, how it happens, but it’s almost an aspect of free enterprise there.”
Clawson said coaches joked about how to stop putting eligible players on teams at all conferences because such honors become de facto shopping lists for competing coaches.
The corresponding problem is that coaches believe that there is not much the NCAA can do to enforce the rules of manipulation, due to the difficulty of proving misconduct and also because of the NCAA’s slow investigation and wrongdoing process.
For example, a player on team A who is a friend of a player on team B and encourages him to move to team A falls within the rules. But the coach who directs the player to get to a player in another school is not. Calling high school coaches or other intermediaries is also against the rules. But being able to provide evidence that the situation is messing with it may seem, at least, a challenge.
In cases like the one that Clauson shared a player on his player when approaching a player from another team, his response was to report to the Wake Forest Compliance Office. From there, he had little confidence in taking action which led to meaningful action by NCAA enforcement.
“There doesn’t seem to be any enforcement, so nobody is quite sure what the rules are, and it’s like a road without a speed limit,” Clauson said. “Or if the speed limit is never enforced, they will drive fast. So right now, we don’t know what the rules are, and if there are rules and they are broken, there doesn’t seem to be any consequences for breaking them.”