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Concern over losing top talent grows for non power conferences

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The push for autonomy for the power conferences is about to leave its mark on the world of college football. The ability to provide more to student-athletes in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC is likely to be a true line between the haves and the have-nots in the sport, and that is starting to have some schools left behind growing with concern over losing the top players from their respective programs.

One thing likely to change with new rules and regulations down the pipeline is the transfer rules. As suggested by the Associated Press, coaches may lose the power to limit where players transferring out will or will not be able to move. Coaches listing any number of schools a player may not transfer to has long been a problem. Afterall, if this is all about giving student-athletes the best chance to succeed academically and get the most out of college, why would a football coach be able to tell a kid he cannot go to State U. just because they are a conference rival or they happen to appear on the upcoming football schedule two years down the road? The good news is that power appears to be fading with new rules. The flip side of that though is now there may be opportunities for some of the top players in the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the MAC, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference may now have an opportunity to transfer to a power conference program, where the benefits to players will be significantly greater.

Programs like Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon may not be the programs the likes of Boise State, Cincinnati and UCF may have to worry about, but now the attraction of playing for a program like California, Purdue or Kentucky may start to become more enticing with greater benefits to be made available. Need an example to work with? Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson has one ready for you.

Per the Associated Press;

”The example that I used is Kellen Moore at Boise State,” Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said of the former star quarterback. ”He came in as an un-recruited player and by the time he was into his junior year he showed he had some unbelievable talent.

”If the transfer rules are eliminated and there’s free movement, does that allow that type of a player to quote ‘go up’ without any type of sitting out?”

It’s a pretty fascinating scenario that needs to be discussed before any vote takes place. Moore continued to become a household name the longer he was at Boise State. Would he have been a missing part for any team at a power conference school that could have put them over the edge by the time he was a senior?

Conferences also must know exactly what they can and cannot do with extended powers. Fortunately, these conferences have been preparing for what to do with the extra powers granted through autonomy, but nobody really knows what details will come until a vote by the 65 member schools of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC is held, and passed. Some around the country are still left wondering what will happen.

”I still haven’t gotten a good answer as to why transfer rules have been included in the autonomy bucket,” said SMU athletic director Rick Hart told the AP. ”I’m hopeful that will remain something that is voted upon by the entire membership.”

The new rules may not go into effect until 2015, but as it plays out every school will be looking to be prepared for whatever is coming our way.

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6 Responses to “Concern over losing top talent grows for non power conferences”
  1. pawloosa says: Jun 19, 2014 10:15 PM

    Stupid Article!!!

    The idea of changing the transfer rules to include free movement without restrictions as well as to allow other programs to actively recruit roster players out of other programs is absolute horse $hit!!
    The author must be jesting!

  2. ancientcougar says: Jun 19, 2014 11:25 PM


    Why has it taken so long for this article to be written? If you are a supporter of a non-power conference school, your schools team is about to be come a minor league farm team to the power conferences. That being the case, if a power conference gets a transfer, they should pay the non-power conference team for developmental costs that the team has endured.

    It is only fair, since the UCF’S, Houston’s Boises’ and others will be effectively shut out of the “Power Conferences” that have been created.

  3. pawloosa says: Jun 20, 2014 6:32 AM

    “That being the case, if a power conference gets a transfer, they should pay the non-power conference team for developmental costs that the team has endured.”

    ??? Really???
    Can you put a price on Kellen Moore and what he did for Boise??

    Farm League??? Complete crap

  4. imaduffer says: Jun 20, 2014 11:32 AM

    Free agency without a salary cap. Sounds like the old NFL.

  5. ancientcougar says: Jun 20, 2014 8:16 PM

    pawloosa? Does that sound like “Poor Loser”?

    I seem to be getting the best of this argument. Yes, non power schools should get paid back a sum to be determined not by the greatness of the athlete but by the time and energy and costs related to offering a scholarship that was taken away from someone who would have graduated from that school and now because of $ and their inherent abilities are going off to greener fields. I guarantee the number of transfers would slow down.
    I also believe that NFL teams should pay $ to schools who lose players to the pro league when they enter the draft as under classmen. Why not?
    The same rules apply.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Jun 23, 2014 9:23 AM

    @ pawloosa

    Can you put a price on Kellen Moore and what he did for Boise??


    I’ll say this his counter-part at TCU Andy Dalton, the school did put a price on him and the new stadium upgrades & conference since the Rose Bowl are an example of it.

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