The Transfer Portal

From the Sidelines

There has been a lot of talk about the Colleges and the NCAA allowing students to enter their names into the “transfer portal” so they can immediately play their sport at another university.  On the surface, this did not seem quite kosher to me, but I thought I would let things play out and see what would happen.  I must admit that at this point I am a little jaded on the subject.  

The transfer portal seemed like a good idea to those in charge at the time because they were probably going to see a lot of lawsuits by athletes and parents for not allowing their child to play where they want.  That is the way of society now. 

I had a problem with that from the beginning because I could see no responsible reason for letting an athlete who was chased, coddled, promised, and begged to attend the university (that they ultimately choose), then allow them to choose another team because they are not playing. 

It just seems wrong to me to allow an athlete say after all the effort and time by the University THAT THEY FIRST CHOSE, to be able to say, NO THANKS, I’M NOT PLAYING SO I’M OUT! 

Most athletes that are chased by schools are worthy of the attention.  They will make the university’s team better, or so the school thinks.  They are worth the effort.  Now, they will have to ask themselves if it is really worth it? 

Case in point is Quinn Ewers at Ohio State.  Ohio State had him targeted because according to the “experts” he was the second coming at quarterback.  Never mind that Ohio State already had two 5-star quarterbacks already, apparently you can never have enough.  After all the recruiting, the trips to the school, the games, the promises, the excitement, etc., Quinn, KNOWING FULL WELL HE WOULD HAVE TO COMPETE FOR THE JOB, still chose Ohio State. 

After entering school early, it was assumed he would become the Ohio State quarterback by his alleged immense talent alone.  After spring football and fall practices, Ryan Day chose C.J. Stroud as the starter.   In my opinion the right choice was made because he became a finalist for the Heisman trophy as a freshman! 

Now this is my take and mine only on the situation:  As we see this more and more often, I have to ask myself if I am a coach, who has a deep position, is this worth the effort.  I know, you can never have enough good players, but……and here’s where I step in it… he really that good?

Is his attitude in the right place? DOES HE REALLY WANT TO COMPETE, OR DOES HE EXPECT TO PLAY RIGHT NOW?  We have seen a number of supposed great players change schools because they are not playing.  

I admit, I am old school.  If I am not playing, I wanted to know why, and then when told why, I worked to get better.  Quitting or moving was not an option.  Sometimes you have to realize you are not as great as you think you are. 

I am not sure about Mr. Ewers,  but I would have to think about taking him for my team, unless I am sure his talent was superior to what I had available.   The thing with me is Quinn Ewers KNEW what he was getting when he agreed to go to Ohio State. 

I also blame Ohio State for being greedy, and possibly causing problems by loading up so much at one position.  This had to have some impact on the whole team.  Some, I am sure, wanted Ewers to start, others wanted C.J. to start.  That cannot be good, you need one clear leader at quarterback, if you have two…you really have none! 

Unfortunately, the transfer portal is probably here to stay.  It is still in its infancy, so maybe it will work out o.k.  I am hopeful, but once you open a can of worms, it is hard to keep them in the can! 

I love football at all levels, and I sincerely hope the NCAA has a handle on this…I do not have that much faith in them based on other rulings they make.  We’ll see…That’s the way I see it from the sidelines.

Commissioner Mike Stegall

Mike Stegall / Correspondent

Mike Stegall is a GHS alum and played on the Green Wave's only undefeated football team. Served 27 years as an OHSAA football official and currently serves as a Darke County Commissioner

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