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Louisiana Tech's dirty little secret

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The way the current transfer rule is laid out, a student who wants to transfer must sit out one academic year, meaning he or she must be enrolled at the university they wish to transfer to. Gebbia was released from scholarship on that Tuesday, one day after enrollment at Nebraska and other semesterly schools closed, meaning he could not enroll. If he wanted to go to one of the semesterly schools, he would have to enroll in the spring at that school and sit out for the spring and next fall seasons. He would then be ineligible for two football seasons and he would lose a year of eligibility.

This is where quarterly schools enter the conversation. Quarterly schools are set up on a quarters basis as opposed to semesters and their enrollment deadline is later in the year. This means he would only have to sit out the standard one year that every transfer must sit out. There are six quarters schools that have Division I FBS programs: Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA.

If Gebbia wanted to avoid sitting out two seasons as opposed to one, these were the only schools he could choose from. With Northwestern being in the Big Ten, Oregon and UCLA not fitting his style of play and Louisiana Tech not being a Power five team, his decision, in my opinion, came down to either Oregon State or Stanford. Gebbia ended up deciding on Oregon State as he had been recruited by their coach Jonathan Smith out of high school and ex-Husker coach Mike Riley is on the staff as well.

What this example brings to light is a fundamentally unfair rule that allows those six programs to have an advantage over all other schools. These schools can cater to players who want to transfer late in the process. When a player wants out late, they face either sitting on the bench for a year and transferring at the end of the year, or picking one of those six schools.

Not only does this help the quarterly schools, it puts semesterly schools at a disadvantage. The reason Gebbia left when he did was most likely because he would get more playing time and realized he could go to a school with a coach who recruited him out of high school and had his ex-head coach on staff.


read more: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/sports/bova-ncaa-should-repair-unfair-transfer-system/article_7d01e178-b181-11e8-bd0b-77beb168f939.html

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