A new transfer rule could be coming to the NCAA, and it would completely change the college basketball offseason.
The NCAA is reportedly considering a vote on a rule change that would allow Division-I college athletes to transfer to any other school and be immediately eligible the next season. The rule could be voted on later this year and go in effect as soon as the 2018-19 season.
Tom Izzo is not a fan of this idea.
The Michigan State coach spoke about the possibility of immediately eligible transfers with 92.1 FM’s The Drive on Wednesday morning. Izzo said the change would not be beneficial to athletes.
“Everybody talks about the coaches and the schools, and nobody talks about what it’s doing to the kids,” he said. “…I think we don’t realize how many kids we’re teaching that when the going gets tough, leave.”
As it stands, Division-I athletes must sit out a year after transferring to other schools before they can compete again. More than 500 Division-I men’s college basketball players transferred after the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN.
“How many kids are we going to have when there’s not a penalty?” Izzo wondered.
The 62-year-old coach did add there could be some exceptions like when coaches take other jobs.
While he is against the potential policy, Izzo does think there is a “very high” chance that the rule does get changed. He knows it would change the entire way programs operate.
“I think coaches will be recruiting off other people’s teams, and there will be no camaraderie with the coaches,” Izzo said. “And I think that will hurt the players because every time you discipline a kid, is he going to transfer?”
Izzo’s full comments can be found here. He starts his interview around the 28-minute mark.
— The Drive with Jack (@DrivewithJack) September 13, 2017