Mike Krzyzewski: NCAA transfer waivers are ‘a farce’
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.
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.