Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost espoused some thoughts on the NCAA’s transfer rules at his press conference on Wednesday.
A recent NCAA proposal suggested removing the requirement for non-graduate transfers to sit out for a season following their transfer if they hit a certain GPA requirement. Members of the transfer working group, the NCAA committee is behind the proposal, favors a timeline that would put the rule into place before the 2019-2020 school year.
Frost’s comments were lengthy. Here’s the full quote:
“I’m all for players having more freedom and more rights, and I think there’s an argument to be made that players should have an opportunity to go and pursue academics more importantly and athletics wherever they want to, but frankly I’m not for the rule. I think it would open up a can of worms that people wouldn’t even expect. I’ll give you a few reasons. If kids are able to transfer without penalty, I wouldn’t put it past a lot of schools to have agents and recruiters on other schools’ campuses recruiting their players. I think that could get really messy. Just speaking personally, if there’s a good player in the Midwest at a good program like North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and they have an All-American player and the kid can transfer without penalty, we’d certainly do our best to make them a Nebraska Cornhusker. I’d hate to have coaches from Alabama or USC or whoever it was, and not to pick those schools, on our campus trying to convince kids to come finish there. I think those things could lead to a lot of messes.”
“As a coach, sometimes you have to be hard on guys and discipline them. It would also be really hard on coaches to coach the way that you need to to make kids right out of fear of upsetting them and wanting to leave and play somewhere else. In my opinion, there’s already too many transfers in basketball and football alike. I’m all for player freedom and giving them more ability to do what they want to do in their lives but I think there’s a lot of problems that could be opened up with that rule that people probably aren’t thinking about.”
“I think there’s some special circumstances. If kids are dealt a hand they weren’t expecting and things change at a program, then maybe I could see it. If you do sign up to play for a coach and they leave or a program is on probation, then maybe we could look at some flexibility there. I’d just hate to see it be the wild west and kids being able to jump from one school to another and another. It’d make it really hard to manage rosters and to coach the kids.”
“You even talk about if they have a certain GPA being able to transfer, but that would give motivation to the wrong head coaches to make sure their kids don’t have a high GPA. Unless you want all football players in the country in advanced physics so they keep under a certain GPA, I’m not even sure that’s a good solution.”
There’s a lot going on here. For now, it’s worth noting that the NCAA’s proposal is just that: a proposal.