The last tally for the transfers is now in excess of 625 (and still climbing) since the 2013-14 season began, which is nearly triple the number from when I first began compiling the list seven years ago and nearly 100 more than last year’s total.
There were plenty of winners and losers in the process, but no one has taken a harder hit than the NCAA.
Transferring has become an issue, yet it’s hardly an epidemic. Non-student-athletes transfer at a significant rate as well, but we tend to overanalyze when it comes to college football and basketball.
Some feel as though student-athletes should be able to go wherever they want, whenever they want. Memphis coach Josh Pastner believes that the current system is not flawed and a player should be able to play immediately elsewhere, as long as the previous staff signs off on it. However, the majority of college coaches -- from Rick Pitino, Bill Self, Sean Miller and Chris Mack to many more -- believe that there should be no waivers and that everyone should have to sit regardless of the circumstance.
I’m in agreement.