More Hypocrisy From the NCAA
Once again the hypocrisy of the–hopefully soon to be vanished–NCAA has reared its ugly head. The way the organization is allowed to operate year after year is unbelievable to me. The rules are from an era long ago, and even then it was entirely set up to benefit the “adults” and give little if any power to the “children.” The latest case that has caused my blood pressure to rise higher than North Texas lake levels, involves Notre Dame and its quarterback Everett Golson.
Golson has been beaten out for the starting quarterback job for the upcoming season and has decided to transfer to another school where he can play. He was the starter for the Irish most of last season and back in 2012 he led Notre Dame to an undefeated season and a spot in the National Championship game against Alabama. He obviously is a very talented player even though he fell out of favor with Irish head coach Brian Kelly. He is a great college athlete with eyes on playing in the NFL, whether at quarterback or another position. Sitting on the bench in South Bend isn’t the suggested way to get on NFL draft boards.
Transferring gives him a chance to go into a new system with a new coach and possibly do some great things. The problem is the NCAA and it’s member institutions make it very difficult for players to transfer from one school to another. Once you sign with one school, you’re basically their property and they hold your future in their hands. A coach, on the other hand, can switch from one school to another almost yearly if he wants. Free enterprise – you certainly can’t stop someone from making a living in this country – unless that person is under 22 years old and plays college sports. Then they’re treated like 10 year olds–stay in the other room and let the adults make all the decisions.
But there’s more with Golson. Because he sat out the 2013 season because of academic violations at Notre Dame, he will graduate this semester, which means he can transfer to another school and play this fall instead of sitting out a season, as is the case in most transfer situations. BUT, Notre Dame has the right to okay which school Golson transfers to. So even though he will have graduated from Notre Dame and played 3 seasons for them, the Irish can still block him from going to a specific school – which they are doing if it’s a school that’s on their upcoming 2015 schedule. Has that ever happened to a coach before? Hell no! When Kelly wanted to quit his job at Cincinnati and take the Notre Dame job, Cincinnati didn’t have any rights to prevent him. Sure there are buy-out clauses, but an alum or two simply writes a check and pays the old school a million dollars and the coach takes the new job.
If Golson wanted to transfer to USC for example, Notre Dame would say no because the Trojans are on the Irish schedule. So while Golson isn’t good enough to play for the Irish, they certainly aren’t going to let him beat them on another team. When will it end? The guy wants to audition for NFL teams and make a living playing pro football but the NCAA dictates just how or even if he can do that. When will someone finally put the final shovel-full of dirt on the NCAA coffin and put it to rest for good? It needs to happen before the next Everett Golson comes along.