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Vaught’s note: NCAA president Mark Emmert got asked these questions at the Final Four in Atlanta about transfer rules and I thought you might enjoy seeing how he answered.
Question: What are your thoughts on the current transfer rules? Do you support the proposal to allow kids with a 2.6 GPA or better to transfer without having to sit out a year?
PRESIDENT EMMERT: My current attitude to the rule changes are in general that we’re making some really terrific progress. I’m very pleased we’re making some headway in eliminating the minutia. There’s still a lot of it in there, but the rules working group is trying to damp that down. I think they made a lot of really good proposals. The membership has endorsed all but a handful of those issues.
I think the transfer issue is very complicated. You need to try to find a balance where the young men and young women that are playing sports have legitimate opportunities to transfer. You want to make sure that they can be academically successful. We know that transferring decreases the probability of academic success. So having an academic connection to that I think is a sensible thing to do.
But on the other hand, you also don’t want to have a circumstance where, you know, you’ve got coaches that are recruiting each other’s teams every season off of their bench. You need to have some stability. You need to have a way for programs to make long term commitments to young men and women and vice versa.
It’s a very complex issue. There’s a lot of arguments on all sides of that one. That’s a long winded way of saying, you know, I’m going to leave that one up to coaches and people that really understand the dynamics of it, because I’m not sure, and I don’t know that anyone is right now, what the right model is.