NCAA rules allow for coaches to deny student-athletes the opportunity to explore transfers. Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s and Charlie Weis of Kansas have become the poster boys for such actions (see Todd O’Brien and Brock Berglund). But not all coaches have the same perspective on transfers.
ESPN Dallas’ Jean-Jacques Taylor has an interesting piece on SMU football coach June Jones and handling of transfers. Jones has a simple policy on transfers – he lets them go and wishes them well:
Allowing a kid to transfer is part of the covenant Jones makes with a family when he recruits a player. Every recruit doesn’t work out, for whatever reason.
The coach misevaluated the player. The player wants a different role. But when you promise a father or mother to take care of his or her son, it doesn’t just mean when the player is producing at an all-conference level.
The lessons for parents and recruits is simple:
- Ask every coach about his or her policy concerning transfers; and
- Ask the athletic director from each school about the school’s policy concerning releases.
Be wary of any coach or school that will not commit to providing permission to transfer.