Originally Posted by Chip R
They should but it could open up a whole can of worms. Do we limit it to head coaches or are we going to include assistant coaches? Strength coaches? Cheerleaders? I think the NCAA feels if they do this those letters of intent aren't going to be worth the paper they are printed on. I think they fear players jumping from school to school for little or no reasons. It really isn't fair but players having to stay in school for X number if years isn't either and that rule seems to have universal support.
I think if it's limited to the head coach leaving, that's fair. I haven't heard many kids cite a school's strength coach as the reason for choosing that school, but a lot of student athletes do choose a school based on the head coach. I think what bothers people, me included, is that these head coaches make all kinds of promises to kids to get them to go to their school. The kids then make a decision based on those promises, thinking that this it's the best decision, when all the sudden the coach who made those promises has high-tailed it out of town. Is that fair to the kid? What I'd like to see is some kind of system that cuts down on big time coaches making promises they don't intend to keep or else allowing students to freely transfer when the head coach leaves so that they aren't penalized.
Think of it from a parent's perspective. Say you and your son are being recruited by a number of schools offering a full-ride basketball scholarship. Bobby Knight comes by, but you and your son decide you don't like the way he treats his players. Also, your son has a history of not doing well with authoritarian figures, so you accept the scholarship from another school. You choose the school because Coach B has been by a number of times, has assured you that he will take your son under his wing, and will make sure he excels both athletically and academically. Coach B has a great reputation for getting the best out of his players using an approach that just fits better with your son's personality. So what happens if Coach B leaves after one year and the next thing you know, the school hires Bobby Knight away from Texas Tech. Now the very person you decided you didn't want coaching your son is now running the basketball program at your school. What do you do? If he transfers, your son now has to sit out a year through no fault of his own. I just dont' think that's fair.
I generally agree with the rule where kids have to sit out a year when they transfer. No one wants a system where kids just jump from school to school year to year. But unless you can find a way to keep coaches from jumping from school to school, it's difficult to justify a system that penalizes kids for the decisions of the coaches.