No matter how clean, some things still feel dirty.
While you’re reading this, another Division One basketball player will change schools, the sport’s latest craze. Each spring day it seems numerous players transfer. While within the rules it’s often outside the spirit of them.
Some transfer to bigger programs for better competition, more exposure, etc. Yet many do so on a whim, or ill advised, or for no legitimate reason. Despite professional aspirations, most won’t sniff pro ball overseas, much less the NBA.
The newest fad is graduate transfers, those switching schools after graduating with at least a year of athletic eligibility left. They can play immediately as “grad students” at their new school. How many actually earn their master’s is another issue.
So how did this latest example of coloring outside the sports lines begin?
Perhaps it was 2006, when forward Tyler Smith’s father disapproved of him playing for Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, so Smith played at Iowa. During his freshman season, Smith learned his dad was dying of lung cancer, so he transferred to the Volunteers closer to home.