Bo Ryan and Wisconsin basketball have been sufficiently shamed into doing the right thing. Jarrod Uthoff, now the nation's most famous redshirt freshman, is free to transfer anywhere outside the Big Ten.
But the bedrock issue in the Badger badgering – and with University of Tulsa guard Jordan Clarkson, who was denied freedom to transfer to five of his eight requested schools – goes deeper than just where athletes can go.
It stems from coaches' desire to squash collegiate free agency. Their desire to retain as much control over their charges as possible, same as pro sports franchise owners from yesteryear.
That's why players, except in extreme circumstances, must sit out a season when transferring. Coaches and administrators believe free agency would bring chaos, from illicit recruiting to competitive balance upheaval to disruption of summer workouts, the untold scandal of collegiate athletics.
But the NCAA should not fear free agency. Player freedom would enhance college football and basketball.
We heard for decades that free agency would be the ruin of major league baseball. Of the NBA. Of the NFL. Instead, those leagues have prospered with free agency. Increased parity, at least with baseball and the NFL, and increased excitement among fan bases. No reason to believe it would impact the colleges any other way.
Let a point guard or quarterback switch schools without sitting a season, so long as he's in good academic standing. Such a policy would have the same effect as scholarship limitations – the wealth would be spread.
Sure, you'd open the door for Andrew Luck to transfer to Alabama, for Robert Griffin to transfer to LSU. Except we all know well the stories of Luck and Griffin. Icons at their schools. Solid citizens. University leaders.
Neither strikes me as being the least bit tempted to look elsewhere, if such freedom was available. Stanford and Baylor provided excellent environments for them to prosper.
Schools that recruit well, treat their players right and provide a solid climate would not be subject to mass player defections.
And in hoops, players of that stature are transferring, all right, straight to the NBA.
So sure, players might transfer more. And that's a bad thing, why? You think Jarrod Uthoff leaving Wisconsin and Jordan Clarkson leaving Tulsa are going to turn college basketball on its ear? Brandon Williams leaving OU to tailback at Texas A&M is going to swing the balance of Southwest power?
We've seen a semblance of free agency with the NCAA's relatively new rule that allows players who graduate with eligibility remaining to transfer without penalty. So Garrett Gilbert is headed to SMU, and Russell Wilson left North Carolina State to play immediately at Wisconsin (some irony there, huh?).
Has that hurt collegiate athletics? No, it's helped. It's given a few players precious freedom, and it's created excitement at some schools.
Look at the NFL. Spring free-agent signings keep pro football on the front-burner of the nation's consciousness. Free agency has replaced trades as the firewood of baseball's Hot Stove League. NBA fans are all aquiver each July as free agents change teams.
Hey, colleges. Pull your head out. Seize the marketing opportunity. Psycho fans get all worked up about February recruiting, over guys who mostly won't play.
How about a spring window where transfers announce their new schools. Think that wouldn't sell a few tickets at places like OSU and Texas Tech and Kansas State?
Sure, the big dogs would feed off the little guys. But maybe the smaller schools would benefit on the front end. Maybe Blake Bell goes to Tulsa for two years, then transfers to OU. Maybe Herschel Sims runs tailback at North Texas for a year, then heads to OSU.
I know, it would be wild, at least for awhile.
But we wouldn't have coaches, making millions of dollars a year, with freedom to move at any whim, holding down athletes who just want a fresh start.
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