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Hughes: Graduate transfer rule admirable academically

first_imgThe comments rang out a week ago, and I still can’t quite get them out of my head.On Jan. 23, Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan sat down for his weekly press conference and fielded a question about the NCAA transfer rule for graduate student-athletes.The reporter sought Ryan’s opinion on the rule given that Wisconsin’s football team had just benefited from it (with the arrival of Russell Wilson) and that the Michigan State and Illinois men’s basketball teams both utilized it this year as well.The rule states that any student-athlete who earns an undergraduate degree and still has eligibility remaining can transfer to a different school and skip a year of sitting on the sidelines – which is required during all other transfer situations.As long as both schools agree to the transfer, it’s a done deal.Given that Wisconsin recently played in the Rose Bowl, Ryan’s answer may leave Badger fans a little taken aback at first. His words:“I don’t think it’s a good idea at all, have never liked the idea of people leaving a program after four years of development at that institution; with teammates, with the school and to all the sudden change and be eligible to play right away,” Ryan, who is also a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ board of directors, said. “And then all of the sudden, what’s going to happen here is there’s going to be more of this going on. There’s going to be guys, through outside third parties, trying to find out, for example, if a guy was playing on a team and a bunch of seniors graduated.“But it’s creating free agency, and it’s creating conversations behind the backs of the institutions and the coaches and his teammates. So, no, it’s a terrible rule. It’s one of the worst rules I’ve ever seen.”Ryan isn’t the only person that dissents on the rule, with worries surrounding a free agency atmosphere, third party interference (recruiters) and friction among teammates being the common threads.Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody also recently said he doesn’t “see anything good about it” but also said he wouldn’t have a problem exercising the right to use the rule since it’s there.And now, after Wilson enjoyed the kind of year he had, some think the rule will be used more often and by higher profile players.From the perspective of Ryan and any other head coach of Division I athletics, I can understand where they’re coming from.Ryan asked reporters at the press conference to imagine what would happen if Jordan Taylor had ditched Wisconsin for another program last offseason, and surely for many Badger fans it would be an experience tantamount to vertigo.As a result of the rule, what many coaches might indeed worry more about is how to keep their best players on the team rather than go looking for the next Russell Wilson.But one of the obvious benefits of the rule is that it encourages players to work hard in school and, you know, do that thing that students should do: graduate.That’s a sore spot for the NCAA – but only when the topic is men’s basketball and football. The NCAA announced in October the entering class of 2004 in men’s basketball had a graduation success rate of just 68 percent, while football scored 69 percent.The culture of college basketball and football has shaped into a full-on business, and there are examples of universities setting aside educational priorities for monetary ones instead.One example, brought to you by the Springfield News-Sun, gives you the details of recently hired Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s new contract.Every year, Meyer stands to win $700,000 in bonuses. $550,000 are set aside for on-field accomplishments such as winning a conference title, going to a BCS bowl game and the like. That leaves $150,000 left over for academic and graduation achievements.As Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN.com quips, “This suggests that football is 3.7 times more important than education at Ohio State.”Men’s basketball and football players are involved in a lucrative opportunity to make millions of dollars after school without an education – although more of them do not see this come to light.So if universities – and institutions like the NCAA – truly care about their student-athletes beyond the revenue they bring in, they’ll offer men’s basketball and football players incentives to earn a diploma.As for the concerns of the coaches, only time will tell until we know whether Wilson was the tipping point for this rule or not.For what it’s worth, I find it difficult to imagine recruiters from other schools being effective in securing graduate transfers. There’s too many possibilities involved. What happens if the player took too few credits as a freshman to graduate before his eligibility dries up? Would both schools approve of the deal? What if he fails a class down the road?Sounds like an inefficient enterprise to me. It would be nothing like recruiting out of high school or out of junior college; there’s too many things that could rule out a player from transferring to a specific school. But time will tell on that one too, I suppose.And for all Ryan offered on this rule, saying it “creat[es] conversations behind the backs of the institutions and the coaches and his teammates,” players already have the right to talk about normal transfers anyway. The graduate student-athlete transfer rule wouldn’t be introducing teams to rumors of a teammate leaving town.Any student-athlete that works hard at school should be granted a reward in the form of a last-chance opportunity to salvage what may have gone astray in their athletic career.It might put a little dent in the game of college basketball and football, but really, the NCAA is an institution of higher education and needs to act like it – if only somewhat.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think about the transfer rule? Email your thoughts to [email protected]last_img read more

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Connacht suffer another injury blow during Pro12 loss

first_imgUlster’s victory lifts them up to fourth place in the table. Ireland prop Finlay Belham and centre Danie Poolman went off injured in last night’s 23-7 loss against Ulster in the Pro12. Head-coach Pat Lam is having to contend with more than 20 players being sidelined ahead of their match against Munster next Saturday. Captain John Muldoon is hoping some of the injuries clear up soon.last_img

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Tio caps ‘tough week’ with silver medal for PH

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Over at the Parque Sarmiento archery range, Nicole Marie Tagle and Hendrik Oun of Estonia suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of New Zealand’s Rebecca Jones and Chihchun Tang of Chinese Taipei, 5-1, in the quarterfinals of the mixed international event.“The crosswind has affected my game. But I’m still happy with the outcome after we beat the fourth-ranked team in the round of 16,” said Tagle, who is scheduled to face Alyssia Tromans-Ansell of Great Brittain in the women’s recurve individual round of 16 on Tuesday.Winding up No. 13th after the rankings the other day, Tagle and Oun pulled off a surprise when they defeated the highly favored duo of Reza Shabani of Iran and Tromans-Ansell by a slim margin prior to the quarters.In the golf mixed event, Yuka Saso and Carl Janno Corpus fired a five-over 75 for a share of joint 18th with South African and Belgium. Atthaya Thitikul and Vanchai Luangnitikul fired a two-under 68 to secure the top spot after two rounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Magnolia wants more CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/International Olympic CommitteeBUENOS AIRES—Over two months of training and acclimatizing in a different country have made Christian Tio badly longing for home.The Filipino-Norwegian will certainly have great memories once he leaves this charming Argentinian capital after snaring a silver medal in men’s kiteboarding of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT Corniel topped three races and was leading throughout the week where the kiteboarders encountered several canceled races due to light winds.Tio, who ended up tied with Vodisek in the final race, trained for four weeks in Dominican Republic and spent another four weeks here to get his body well adjusted.READ: Tio clinches lone Youth Olympic Games berth“That did very well, because I don’t have any jetlag and I wasn’t really tired,’’ said Tio. “I have the energy and we did it. My mindset, really, was just to go for it and enjoy.”“What’s next for me? I want to go home (in the Philippines),” added Tio, who will surely receive a cash incentive from the government upon his return to Manila late this week.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown READ: PH kiteboarding star Tio eyes gold in first Olympic stintWith the winds blowing in his favor, Tio placed second in the final race to jump from fourth overall to a sure silver together with Toni Vodisek of Slovenia after competing for nearly a week at the Club Nautico San Isidro here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s been a tough week and we really had light winds. I’m really happy to get the silver,” said the 17-year-old Tio after gifting the country its first medal in the ongoing sportsfest for the finest under-18 athletes on the planet.Deury Corniel of the Dominican Republic was a cinch to seize the gold medal with his consistency in all six races prior to Sunday morning’s finale.last_img read more

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