Are These 3 D1 College Transfer/Scholarship/ Red Shirt Rules Fair To The Athletes?

Many young basketball players have big dreams of being awarded a full basketball scholarship to play D1 basketball. However, here are some rules that they might want consider in deciding what level that they want to play in college, D1, D2, D3, NAIA1 and NAIA2.

Are the best interests of D1 college basketball players who are recruited and given basketball scholarships taken into consideration in Transfer, Scholarship or red shirt rules?

We all know that if a head coach of a college D1 team changes jobs and moves from College A to College B that he can coach immediately that next season?

However, did you know that if a player who was recruited by this coach wants to transfer to the Coaches New College B that he has to sit out a year because of transferring?

This player does not know how he fits in with the new head coach coming in to college school A. He may fit in and he may not and may not have his scholarship renewed by the new incoming coach.

Do you know that several years ago the scholarship for players was for 4 years to a student athlete so long as the athlete remained academically eligible and was a good team member in good standing.

The NCAA D1 college Presidents changed this rule so that now the scholarships are on a one year to year basis at the discretion of the coaching staff. This means that each spring coaches evaluate players and can remove them from the scholarship list.

This can happen especially when a new head coach comes in and did not recruit any of the players on the new team he is going to be coaching.

When some college D1 coaches where under the 4 year scholarship award and wanted to get rid of a player who didn’t pan out, then many times they would try to help them by encouraging them to transfer. They would even help them transfer to another college, so that they could make thae player’s scholarship available.

College athletes are only as good as the next recruiting class and it was bad enough when the scholarships were for four years but it is totally unfair now that the scholarships are for one season at a time.

These two rules are very unfair to the student athlete.

As far as the one year scholarship I cannot believe highly educated educators can make such a rule to make scholarships just for one year.

This rule makes it very easy for the coach (AGAIN) TO make a mistake in evaluating the players and correct it very simply by taking away the scholarship at the end of the first year.

Is that really fair, especially at public state land grant college institutions where tax payers dollars help pay for these student athlete scholarships?

Also, when players ask to be red shirted because of injury, illness etc. and the red shirt year is not granted by the coaching staff, then is that really fair?

Asking to sit out after receiving an injury, a very good state of Maine player who was attending a big time D1 basketball Mens program was denied the red shirt year he requested after being injured in pre-season practice, which was in the allowable red shirt time.

Coaches will red shirt players that they feel are not ready for D1 play,however, that is usually a coaches decision.

Big time D1 basketball is a cuthroat operation at many D1 schools. Players intersts are not considered, it is all about the money, coaches and winning.

In many of these D1 basketball factories which in many cases are farm teams for the NBA.

What is best for the student athlete players should be considered first Hpwever, once they have signed their letter of intent they are not in control of their basketball destiny.

In many cases it is what best produces winning coaches and winning D1 programs to make the big bucks..

Usually, the only time the student athlete is in control of his own destiny is before he signs his letter of intent.

Here are some suggestions that would be student/athlete friendly.
1. If a players coach accepts a new job and the incoming coach feels that the player does not fit into his plans or does not offer the player a renewal of his one scholarship, then that player should be allowed to transfer to the school of the coach who recruited him, without having to sit out for a year.

2. Make the scholarship for 2 years instead of just one year.

3. Allow the player if injured before the time line to red shirt be allowed to make the final decision if he/she wants to red shirt because of the injnury.

All these rules are coach friendly, certainly not student/athlete friendly and could be changed as mentioned above so that these rules become what is in the best interest of the student athlete.

Maybe, players with dreams of D1 scholarships might want to consider Division 2 or NAIA schools as they award basketball scholarships.