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JOE BIDDLE: NCAA transfer rules unfair to players

Posted: Updated: May 22, 2013 09:45 PM

Let's pretend Kevin Stallings gets an offer to become Purdue's basketball coach.

Purdue is the alma mater of the current Vanderbilt basketball coach. It's a place Stallings has always wanted to coach, to follow in the footsteps of his coach and mentor, GeneKeady.

Stallings informs AthleticsDirector David Williams he is leaving to take the Purdue job. Williams doesn't want to lose Stallings, but can only wish him well in his new job. Stallings may, or may not, meet with the Vanderbilt players to tell them the news.

Remember, he is the coach that recruited them, telling them he is happy at Vanderbilt and not thinking of taking another job.

David Williams can't stopStallings from leaving. More importantly, Stallings doesn't have to sit out a year and not coach as punishment for changing jobs. He is free to leave anytime he wants, as long as he takes care of any financial obligations he has to address for voiding his contract before it has expired.

Back to the real world.

Vanderbilt forward SheldonJeter has played one season. He knows Pittsburgh has a scholarship to give and it is a school located 20 minutes away from Jeter's Beaver Falls, Pa., home.

Currently, the NCAA transfer rule forces Jeter to spend a redshirt year before re-gaining his eligibility. Players have to sit out a year while coaches can leave and go where they want and lose no time.

Fair. Me thinks not.

But in college athletics it is much more likely that the adult gets away scot free and likely with a longer, fatter contract.

The player? Take a seat, pal.A year is not that long. It will pass before you know it. Convince a teen-ager of that. Good luck.

Pittsburgh sportswriter Eamonn Brennan has sources telling him Stallings is now blocking Jeter's transfer to Pitt. Trying to confirm the story, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was informed by a Vanderbilt spokesman would only say Stallings "doesn't have any comment.''

What gives?

Are the rumors about Pitt tampering with Jeter true, or imagined?

It's not like Stallings to try to block a transfer. That is, unless he is given just cause and if he can prove Pitt contacted/recruited Jeter before he had been given his release from Vanderbilt. Then, that would constitute just cause.

But is it worth it for Stallings to prove a point? If a player doesn't want to play for Stallings, or be a student at Vanderbilt, or doesn't like playing in Memorial Gym, or is sick of being homesick, why would Stallings block his release?

It's not like Pitt and Vanderbilt play each other on a frequent basis. It's not like Jeter is the nextLeBron James. To do something just to stir the pot doesn't make sense in this case.

If Stallings sets Jeter free,it gives him another scholarship. Maybe Stallings can land a top 100 recruit to replace Jeter. He hasn't signed one in the past two years. Maybe a better player is unhappy where he is playing and would like to transfer to Vanderbilt.

This case aside, the NCAAneeds to study its archaic transfer rule that penalizes the player and not the coach.

Lipscomb saw its 6-10 Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year Stephen Hurt ask for a release. It's unclear whether it is finalized yet, as new coach Casey Alexander wanted a chance to talk to Hurt before Hurt made a final decision.

Either way, the NCAA transfer rule needs an overhaul. First of all, they can start by dropping "student'' from their deceptive student-athlete term.

But that's a column for another day.

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