Roundtable: Should ACC Schools Be Able to Restrict Where Transfers End Up?

The Inside the Loud staff is back with another Roundtable to debate and discuss if ACC schools should be able to decide a transfer’s destination.

Q: Should ACC Schools be able to restrict where players transferring out of their program end up going?

Neil Adler- Contributor

I have extremely strong feelings about this issue, and my answer will prove short and sweet. Schools in the ACC should not be allowed to restrict where players transferring out of their program end up going. I recognize that these guys are student-athletes, and they receive scholarships. Otherwise, though, they do not get paid, and they make millions upon millions of dollars for their respective colleges and universities.

Head coaches, assistants, etc., get to go wherever they want, whenever they want. So should the players. It’s utterly ridiculous to say that a teenager can’t transfer to another team in your conference. It’s petty. It hurts competition. I’m honestly sick of it. Okay, that wasn’t a short response. Oh well. That question got me fired up!

Zachary Weisleder- Contributor

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Absolutely not. Very few athletes from the collegiate level end up playing in the pros. Those select few that are fortunate enough to reach the next level are usually successful in college.

Most of that is because of their ability to strive in a program where they feel most comfortable. After all, most of these players are under 20-years-old, and to me, they should be able to make their own decisions.

Like Neil said, these athletes should be allowed to transfer to other teams in the same conference. After all, it’ll ensure them a better chance of reaching their goal, and possibly even create rivalries, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Paul A. Esden Jr.- Site Expert

Follow: @BoyGreen25

No. I don’t like these silly rules where schools try to control where people go. If they don’t want to be at the school, so be it: let them go wherever they want. We’ve seen a lot of cases recently of these schools blocking transfer requests because they don’t want to face that player or that players have to sit out a year after transferring. I think it’s all nonsense.

Josh Peelman- Contributor

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Personally, I think its lousy that these schools are even thinking about limiting where these kids go if they want to transfer. I understand they don’t want their own talent leaving to go to a rival or league foe, but still. I mean coming out of high school these student athletes have a choice, so why should it be any different if they want to leave and go somewhere else during college?

As a fan I would hate if the star of our team (football or basketball, etc.) went to say Duke or North Carolina or Wake Forest. Heck, I’m sure Michael Gbinije was hated by Duke fans for a long time when he chose the Orange via transfer. However, if the athlete wants to play for another program, who are we to decide if that’s okay or not.

Let’s take this one step further. Let’s say I’m not a student athlete, and that I go to Syracuse University. However, after a year or two I want to go to Duke to study. That’s a fellow ACC school if you look at it from a sports perspective. Would the University tell me I couldn’t? Of course not. I’m not a student athlete so the school will allow me to choose any school I want. I’m purely making the choice based on academics so its my choice not there’s. So what makes a student athletes choice so different?

It really bothers me the ACC schools are already starting to block players from going to another ACC school. All I can say is I hope this does not continue.

Brent Axe, of Syracuse.com looked into this a issue a little more and posted a poll on this very question. As of the day of this posting, 77% said No- that the ACC should not restrict where transfers go. So it seems that our staff here at Inside The Loud House are not the only ones who feel this way on this issue.

Well, ladies and gents, that wraps up this edition of Inside The Twitterbag. Come back soon for another roundtable discussion from Inside The Loud House.

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