Should a coach be able to control transfers?

Current system is unjust

David Teel


Newport News

Bo Ryan does not appear to be an outlaw coach. His Wisconsin basketball program, by all accounts, wins the right way. But Ryan's reaction to forward Jarrod Uthoff's transfer request was indefensible and again exposed the NCAA's unfair treatment of transfers.

Barring overwhelming evidence of tampering, coaches should have zero say over a transfer's destination. Blocking conference rivals is standard, but Ryan went beyond the Big Ten, blocking the entire ACC because of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Public opinion and common sense shouted him down. Let's hope the NCAA strips coaches and schools of such absolute power.

Only in limited cases

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Coaches and schools should have little say over where a player wants to play or attend school. It's a joke that coaches such as Bo Ryan, who could bolt Wisconsin tomorrow for a better job, can try to restrict a player who wants to transfer. Are there exceptions? Sure. It's reasonable to restrict a player from immediately following a coach who leaves a school for another job. That would be chaos.

It also makes sense that there be penalties for transfers within a conference. You wouldn't want a free-flow policy of players going back and forth from Ohio State and Michigan to exploit an intense rivalry. In almost every other case, though, a player should have the right to transfer anywhere he or she sees fit.

It's the player's life

Coley Harvey

Orlando Sentinel


The transfer restriction rule that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan so angrily threatened to use last week against Badgers redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff exposes one of the biggest fallacies in college sports. It's the long-held view some coaches have: that their players are children, unable to make rational decisions.

Illustrating that, coaches who poorly defend what they perceive as immature actions by their players often offer the following tired cliche of a sports quote: "That's just being a typical 18- to 22-year-old kid."

No. You know what's childish? A 64-year-old coach selfishly preventing a young adult from making decisions that could better his life.

It's just more hypocrisy

Brian Hamilton

Chicago Tribune

Unless players can cast a binding vote on whether a coach is allowed to break his contract and take another job, then no one should be telling anyone what they can or can't do or where they can and can't go.

It's another ludicrous hypocrisy in the NCAA rule book, but what else is new? If a coach wants a player to speak to him face-to-face and ask to leave the right way, then I don't mind clamping down on his freedom until he or she learns a lesson. But once the athletes learn it, set them free.

Wisconsin's Bo Ryan restricted a player from transferring to any Big Ten school when he, years earlier, accepted a transfer from a Big Ten school. Coaches, just let it go.