Roy Williams Raises Concerns Regarding One-Time Transfer Proposal


CHAPEL HILL, N. C. Last fall, all signs pointed to the NCAA Division I Council approving a one-time transfer waiver that would enable all Division I athletes in good standing to change schools for 2021-22 without penalty and therefore be eligible to play immediately. The vote was ultimately postponed in January, although an Athlon Sports report this week indicates that the Division I Council is set to make it official at its April meeting. . . As the amateur model has increasingly become scrutinized for the large sums of money being made college coaches and administrators that has only begun to trickle down to players, the NCAA has been forced to consider changes that benefit its 480,000 student-athletes. The avenue that has received the most headlines is the murky waters of name, image and likeness, although the one-time transfer proposal carries its own significant weight. I think it will be the most significant piece of legislation thats ever happened in college basketball, UNC head coach Roy Williams said on Tuesday. Im old school. I believe if you have a little adversity, you ought to fight through it, and it makes you stronger at the end. I believe when you make a commitment, that commitment should be solid. And it should be to do everything you can to make it work out. We have all, even you guys on this screen here, have seen guys come in as freshmen that were okay or not good. They were better sophomores and they were better juniors and they were better seniors. And they were drafted. So I think it just opens up that theres no bottom line, theres no negative. If you dont like what the coach gave you for pregame meal, you have the right to leave. Im old school. And now people say, well, the coaches leave. And thats a reason Ive told you guys that at one time in my life, I wanted to coach at one school and that was it. And things didnt go like that. And Ive turned down a lot of jobs because I want to be at North Carolina. I didnt leave and try to find another place to coach last year after we had such a tough year. . . So general principle-wise, I dont like it. I understand freedom and I understand its new world and I understand that theyre not my generation. But I do think theres something about making a commitment and sticking with it and fighting through adversity. In saying that, its our world, were going to have to live with it, its not going to change. The horse is out of the barn or the toothpaste is out of the tube or whatever you want to say. Its a done deal. And whats going to happen next, nobody knows. But I think these are totals I shouldnt say because I dont know if its fact, but somebody said that there were more people in the transfer portal for football than there were spots in the power five conferences. And you guys may know if thats right or not. Ive also heard that of all those kids who went in, 27% have found places to go. I mean, so its just an old school, deep down belief. I dont think its the right thing to do. You have to sit out a year, guys have stayed around and said, hey, Im really glad that I stayed around. Im not sitting on the fence because I dont like it, but its what we have and weve got to work with it. . . 90. COMMENTS. There are roughly 1,200 football players in the transfer portal and Williams is correct that the majority have yet to find a destination. . . Given the limited amount of roster space on basketball rosters the NCAA restricts Division I mens basketball programs to 13 scholarships there is the potential for the transfer portal to serve as a purgatory of sorts with players entering without any legitimate options to exit. However, the rule change stands to benefit players stuck in bad situations or who are capable of finding more playing time at other destinations. Current bylaws require student-athletes to sit out a year upon transferring, which counts toward the five-year eligibility window.

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