Posted September 16, 2013

Mike Krzyzewski: NCAA transfer waivers are ‘a farce’

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is critical of NCAA transfer waiver rules. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is critical of NCAA transfer waiver rules. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Mike Krzyzewski offered a simple solution for clearing up the confusion regarding transfer waivers, which he call’s “a farce.” The Duke coach said the NCAA’s best option would be to stop allowing them, according to ESPN.

“There should be no exceptions,” Krzyzewski told ESPN.com. “Everybody should have to sit out, that includes a fifth-year player, just to make it equal. I think it’s a farce, really.”

Krzyzewski said the NCAA’s transfer decisions are inconsistent, leading him to believe an all-or-nothing approach is needed.

“Giving certain kids the right to play and others not the right to play, it should be done the same,” he said. “If they want to let everybody play right away, then let everybody play right away. Everybody should be treated the same. I don’t understand why there are exceptions to this rule.”

Examples of recent inconsistent NCAA transfer waiver rulings include:

Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon was permitted to play at Memphis immediately after being accused of sexual assault at Missouri.

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Ex-Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles was denied his appeal to play at Minnesota, where his FIU coach, Richard Pitino, became head coach. Pitino was shocked by the NCAA’s ruling on Buckles in light of FIU’s Malik Smith being allowed to transfer to Minnesota.

The NCAA did an about-face last week, allowing Kerwin Okoro’s appeal to play immediately for Rutgers after missing most of his freshman season at Iowa State following the deaths of his brother and father.


21 comments
Hubert2
Hubert2

I actually agree with K here. Deal is, no matter your situation, if you want to change school, you should sit out a year. However, I believe you should maintain your eligibility and not lose a year. 

krugcpa
krugcpa

Remember that Coach K coached at Army, so his formative years were in an environment where the adults ruled without question.  I think players should be able to transfer without penalty for any reason or no reason, like any other student.  The point others have made about coaches leaving also is spot-on. 

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

There he goes again "coach" Cryzewski. Whatever rules he wants to be applied to transfer to students should be applied to coaches that walk out of a contract.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Okay, when a coach takes a new job he has to sit out a year!  Hypocrite much, Coach K???

advmicr1
advmicr1

Michael Dixon was not permitted to play last year, was booted from Missouri,and sat the year out. The article infers that he transferred immediately and was eligible to play at Memphis. He recently was accepted at Memphis and is eligible for next year, after sitting a year out.

DSM
DSM

Is the NCAA ever consistent )or not hypocritical) about anything? 

How can one FIU player be allowed to transfer to Minnesota, but not the other, unless the other had unique circumstances?  Why do players have to stay when coaches and ordinary students can leave at will?

horsley1953
horsley1953

Here's an even better idea to make things simple: Get out of the business of restricting transfers completely.

DustyRhodes
DustyRhodes

I'm good with Coach K's idea, as long as coaches who leave while still under contract have to sit out a year as well.

eddie767
eddie767

Coach K had me until,5th yr players were included. If you've graduated and have another yr of eligibility,you've done what was asked of you by school/NCAA. Therefor,you should be able to go some where else if a school will take you. All those other transfer requests are to easy to manipulate,since sick to one isn't sick to another,which causes the problems. If you are transfering due to illness,why are you worried about playing right away?

CraigWachs
CraigWachs

@Hubert2 IF PLAYERS have to set so should a coach who has a contract , kids go to these schools to play for the coach who recruited them in most cases .....

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@stabmasterarson21 Read much?  He said that he doesn't care either way but that the rule needs to be consistent.  Either everyone sits out the year or don't make them sit just apply it equally.  

muser
muser

@advmicr1 Parents with daughters at Memphis have to be thrilled...

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@eddie767 I definitely agree with you here.  If a 5th year is going to another school, they're probably working on post grad somewhere else which is a very common thing to do.  

noitallman
noitallman

@stabmasterarson21 @Hubert2 Have you ever even had a job? Throwing out words like hypocrite without any knowledge of the real world shows you are pretty naive.  Coaches have jobs and contracts. their contract dictates the terms of their employment. If they break their contract, they provisions dealing with the consequences.If they successfully negotiate favorable terms in the beginning of their employment that allows them to leave without much consequence, then that is what they negotiated. None of this has any correlation to athletes playing in college.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

@nfinitwordsfoto @stabmasterarson21 Yeah, do YOU read much???: “There should be no exceptions,” Krzyzewski told ESPN.com. “Everybody should have to sit out, that includes a fifth-year player, just to make it equal. I think it’s a farce, really.”

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

@noitallman @stabmasterarson21 @Hubert2 Thanks for that analysis, Ph.D candidate.  Where do you live, Disneyland or working at the Nat'l Capitalists Against Athletes/  You're a clown, bro, if you think coaches all honor their contracts....do you follow sports at all?  Doesn't sound like it.