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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