Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NCAA + Math/Rules=Mess

Are you unhappy with your job?

Feel like a change of atmosphere is all that stands between you and success?

In the immortal words of Ty Webb...

Oppression of workers? 

No thanks, Stalin! I can move freely from one career to another, if they will have me! That's the beauty of America!! As we gear up for our big 237th birthday, we should all be thankful... since we ALL can move about from one job to another without serious repercussion (If you believe TV Non-Compete Contracts aren't totally bogus)!!

Everyone can transfer freely... again, as long as you have a suitor willing to hire you!


Only in America, can the true freedom from oppressive work places be a thing of the past---unless you count Division I athletes in football, men's and women's basketball, ice  hockey and baseball. Outside of that segment of the populace, most of us can flitter from one "job" to another.  

College athletes aren't employees? They don't earn a wage?

Technically, those are both correct assertions, if you don't consider the money for books, tuition, room and board as a "wage".  The joy of NCAA inter workings---Student athletes generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue... and receive not one, thin dime for their efforts.

Are you spending more than :30 at the urinal?
That's a lot of Tile Watching! Call 683-0411!
Make an appointment and Let It Flow!

But that's another fight for another day.  In an article on Slate's website, Josh Levin goes into great detail the steps college basketball coaches at the highest paid level go to in order to prevent "their" workers from transferring to another "company".  

The NCAA placed strict guidelines and restrictions on transfers in the aforementioned sports due to the poor track record academically of athletes in those sports compared to others (really?). The NCAA and those coaches are ONLY looking out for the academic welfare of the unhappy student-athlete when the coach blocks a transfer to a school withing the conference of his/her current competition.  

Shouldn't there be a Major Award for the coaches who are so diligent about little Johnny, little Shontavious, little Mary Claire and little Carlos' academic standing?  

Wait, though. Could you believe even the upstanding grand-master flash of college basketball, Coach K--at that academic bastion of Duke University, is placing HIS wants and needs ahead of the academic progress of student athletes? "Kids don't stick to the school that they pick and they want instant gratification," groused Mike Krzyzewski.  

How dare a player, on a renewable year-to-year "contract (scholarship)", want to seek an atmosphere more conducive to his/her liking.  Not getting enough playing time at State U? Get used to picking splinters out of your butt, because Pine Time is all you will get this year, even if you're good enough for Prime Time elsewhere.  

Even if a benevolent coach "allows" a transfer, NCAA Rules indicate the player must sit out a year at his new school before becoming eligible---that's all part of that penalty for academic under-performance. The student will need time to get his grades up to speed at a new college, so taking away his hoop dreams for a year will allow the GPA to flourish!

Bo Ryan, the defensive specialist 
who has guided Wisconsin to
Please, Don't Go! Don't Gooooo Away! I'm Begging You To Stay
many high seeds but very little to harvest each spring, may be the cagiest and most vocal of the 7,Fig,ure salaried coaches to thwart the efforts of the player. Ryan blocked the transfer of a Badger to any other Big 10 school, plus ACC Schools, Marquette, Iowa State and Florida... he also had this to say to SI's Seth Davis after he relented to public pressure and allowed the player to transfer---outside the Big 10:

"What I did was so typical. 
I've got coaches calling me 
laughing and going, 'What rock did these people 
come out of not knowing this is the way it's done?"

Bo don't know everything.  The player in question DID enroll at a Big 10 school-Iowa.  

He is paying his own way.

The "Slate" article notes that 1-in-3 college STUDENTS transfer during their academic career, compared to 1-in-12 college basketball players. 

Funny. In the world of higher education, simple math doesn't support one of the most restrictive and prohibitive rules on the books.