Posted: 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Coach K has spoken up on transfer exceptions and while he’s at times diplomatic and charming, on this occasion he was blunt and direct:
“There should be no exceptions. Everybody should have to sit out, that includes a fifth-year player, just to make it equal. I think it’s a farce, really.
“Giving certain kids the right to play and others not the right to play, it should be done the same. If they want to let everybody play right away, then let everybody play right away. Everybody should be treated the same. I don’t understand why there are exceptions to this rule.”
We can see the humane desire to allow someone to go home if, say, a parent is terminally ill. That’s compassionate. Some of it though is clearly guys gaming the system. The transfer epidemic really underscores something which constantly trips the NCAA up: a situation comes up, a rule is made, the rule is exploited and another rule is made. As long as reform is in the air, why not just completely overhaul the rules book and get it down to an understandable (relatively) few?