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Slate: The NCAA Has Truly Lost Its Mind


We’ve known the NCAA is messed up for a while now, but recently, their hypocrisy has gotten so bad that it’s turning the heads of the national news media as well. published a piece yesterday about the NCAA’s unjust practices, starting with the “transfer epidemic,” namely how college coaches are blocking athletes from transferring to certain schools.

Think about that: NCAA coaches have the power to block an athlete from getting a scholarship at an entirely different university. As Greg Bishop detailed in a recent New York Times piece, “if a coach does not grant an athlete a release, the player must forfeit any scholarship opportunity, pay his own way to the new university and sit out the next season.” These are the perverted values of the NCAA–a player can lose out on a future scholarship because his ex-coach says, essentially, If I can’t have you, nobody on this list can either. Remind me again what the crisis is supposed to be here?

Slate cites the example of our ole buddy Kevin Stallings blocking Sheldon Jeter from transferring to Pitt, as well as former Wisconsin player Jarrod Uthoff defying Bo Ryan’s rule that he couldn’t transfer to a Big Ten school by foregoing a scholarship so he could enroll at Iowa. What’s even worse is that some college coaches are outraged that players are not only transferring at higher rates, but that they’re finding ways around the NCAA’s rules via special exceptions for players with sick relatives and those who have already graduated and are seeking master’s degrees. The one coach that Slate says “gets it”? John Calipari.

Kentucky’s John Calipari seems alone among his colleagues in recognizing that transfers are not evil. Calipari may profess to hate the one-and-done rule, but he recognizes that he’ll have a new team every year, and that he needs a plan to win in that climate. When forward Kyle Wiltjer recently told Calipari he wanted to explore transferring, the coach didn’t block any schools. Rather, he gave Wiltjer his unconditional support. Sure, Wiltjer is kind of expendable now that Kentucky has a historically great recruiting class coming in. And yes, Calipari has a history of “encouraging” subpar players to leave the Wildcats’ program. But what can I say–if you’re looking for justice and fairness in college sports, this is as good as it gets.

A national news article praising John Calipari (albeit, somewhat backhandedly)? Is that a pig that just flew by my window?

If you enjoy reading article about how messed up the NCAA is, I encourage you to go check out the Slate piece in full:

[Slate: The NCAA Has Truly Lost Its Mind]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 Comments for Slate: The NCAA Has Truly Lost Its Mind

  1. KevinM
    12:10 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    The apocalypse is here! Someone actually said and published something postive about Cal.
    Bo Ryan and Kevin Stallings need to be reminded that they are part of the problem, not the solution. For every recruit I met, I would let them know there’s 2 guys who don’t have your best interests

  2. cracka
    12:15 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    that was a pretty backhanded compliment imo …

  3. chas
    12:17 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    No, i dont agree with coaches blocking a student-athletes transfer UNLESS there is hard evidence that another school has been “tamperinng” with that athlete. I DO agree with coaches and schools not letting a student-athlete out of their letter of intent before they enroll in classes, ie: Notre Dame and Florida State football currently. If they don’t recruiting of the student-athletes could/will continue even after the letter if intent has been signed.

  4. wilson Meyer
    12:28 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Honey, they are not praising Cal when they say he has “a history of encouraging sub-par players to leave the Wildcat program.” That’s a dig. And what kind of freak is reading Slate anyway? That site is less intelligent than BTI on a three day binge.

  5. BardstownCats
    12:28 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wait a second. So the NCAA is a bunch of inconsistent, corrupt powermongers fueled by greed who don’t care about the student athletes? When dd this happen!?

  6. paintsville'sdairyqueen
    12:32 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    #2 I agree.

  7. Jkwoftw
    12:38 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Slate is the racist rag that published a piece openly hoping that the Boston bombers turned out to be white people. They don’t need hits.

  8. carlzwa11
    12:41 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    2 I agree, backhanded and also called wiltjer subpar… the guy’s nickname is waterfall…

  9. JROCK1966
    1:04 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Not so fast Mrs. Thompson….whereas I agree the NCAA is in need of improvement, I also have a hard time sympathizing with athletes throwing away 10’s of thousands of dollars worth of free education. If they want to do that then that’s on them. Why? Simply because they get preferential treatment the general student will never, ever get. Case in point is the recent signing by UL of a football prospect once committed to UK. Obviously he could care less about his academics in high school but yet he just signs up for a free education because he is strong and fast and is a good tackler. Congratulations to him! However, I see my own kid work her tail off to maintain a 3.4 GPA in high school and has no scholarship opportunity in sight. Some may not agree with me but I just do not think this is that big of a deal. If a student has to pay for one year of education in order to get 4 free years of education then they still come out way ahead.

  10. Chaz
    1:10 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t trust Slate for news or opinions. Tomorrow they’ll find a reason to demean Cal. No integrity, they’re not our/your friend.

  11. Just wondrin
    1:11 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Is there a greater rival of UK in basketball than Louisville? Before Cal, I recall that Kentucky under Tubby allowed Marvin Stone to transfer to Louisville. Cal gets due credit for continuing the trend, but we should not forget that there are examples of freely transferring before he got here. Prospective recruits torn between UK and another school should take heed. If it doesn’t work out at UK, you can try again somewhere else without Ryan-esque or Stallings-esque hassles. But if you go somewhere else other than UK, and decide that place is not for you…well, good luck!

  12. Musehobo
    1:22 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    @JROCK…Have to disagree with you. Your first argument is based on assumptions that are incorrect. There are MANY reasons a guy can want to leave a school…many valid reasons. While I’m sure some kids aren’t being spoiled the way they want to be, many students have family, and even educational reasons to leave.

    Your second argument is a common one, but one that is also flawed. Whether a student works their butt off to get a decent GPA, or works their butt off to get a basketball scholarship, both students have worked their butt off. If you think that people should only be able to get scholarships by grades/accolades, then your problem is with athletics scholarships in general. And if there were no athletic scholarships, I doubt UK would be the powerhouse it is now. Schools are in business to profit. They can profit by accepting students with exceptional grades (through scholarships), average grades (through pocket), or by selling tickets (athletic scholarship). Even sports that don’t make money, like tennis, swim team, etc.. must be enriched to present the appearance of a well-rounded athletic program. I’m very sorry, but your opinion isn’t well thought out.

  13. JROCK1966
    1:37 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    @Musehobo…no need to be sorry. You are entitled to your opinion and I mine. Paying for 1 year of education to get 4 free years of education is a good deal in my book anyway you slice it. Have a good day!

  14. Huh
    1:53 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    TT, you all have windows at the KSR sports complex??

  15. Musehobo
    2:01 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    @JROCK…I think that’s your strongest point. I agree it’s a good deal, for most people, as well. But it doesn’t encapsulate all the potential problems. Many of these kids can’t afford to pay for one year of school. Have you seen the home where Eric Bledsoe came from?

  16. jbird
    4:08 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    What players has Cal encouraged to leave @ UK/

  17. Megan
    4:21 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Can we agree there’d be a lot of chaos on team rosters if kids could transfer at will to a different school every year? It’s untenable. There has to be a mechanism in place to keep that kind of volatility to a minimum.

    The most successful transfer strategy I’ve seen lately is the one employed by Dez Wells, formerly of Xavier, now at Maryland: Sexually assault a fellow student and get yourself expelled from school. The coach has no say. You can transfer, on scholarship, to another school who wants your services – and who’s willing to overlook your transgression – and the NCAA will allow you to play immediately! Now that’s a sweet deal, assuming you avoid being indicted by the grand jury for violation of the state’s criminal code or being successfully sued in civil court by the victim of your detestable behavior.

    Because Dez’ sexual misconduct didn’t rise to the level of a felony, the NCAA considered his expulsion from school for violating the Code of Student Conduct a “hardship.” So no need to sit out a year. Wait, what? It still sounds perverse to me, but hey, as a transfer strategy, it worked beautifully.

  18. Student athlete
    11:22 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Untill the schools are required to commit 4 years to the student like the student is required to do, this is a moot point.