Anytime the rich are making the rules you can be sure of one thing: None of the rules will result in making any of them poorer.
That’s the microscope the NCAA’s transfer portal has to be examined under.
For fans of fairness in college sports in general and including Temple football fans, portal is the newest dirty word.
The portal was started for the noblest of reasons. Since coaches could leave their programs without sitting out a season, so should players.
The second premise makes a whole lot of sense if you accept the first one. I don’t. To me, coaches should also have to sit out a year. The NCAA would never go for that because the big 64 football schools (otherwise known as the Power 5) who control the organization want to use the other 65 football schools for their coaching farm system and poach coaches from there.
Plus, the coaches would probably be successful at suing the organization as a restraint of trade.
Now giving players carte blanch on transferring effectively makes the Group of Five another area where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Sure, SMU gamed the system by getting 15 portal transfers last year. Something tells me, though, that the P5 schools will be raiding the G5 schools more than the other way around going forward.
What happened to trying to finish out your career with the brothers you came in with? That might be a thing of the past.
Temple suffered such a blow recently when tight end Kenny Yeboah entered the portal and is ostensibly headed for a Power 5 school.
Temple did the hard detective work of scouting and hard recruiting work to bring Yeboah here. No P5 team believed in him and now, only after proving himself here, they are interested in him.
Doesn’t seem fair, does it?
It’s the way the Yankees operate in major league baseball. “We like Gerrit Cole. We’ll take him. We like Giancarlo Stanton. We’ll take him. Oh, you don’t have the money to keep him? Tough luck.”
That’s how the rich get richer and fans of the rest of the teams become disenchanted and while it is harder, not easier, to become a fan of Temple or any aspiring school going forward. Us hardcore fans of the Owls will always be here. Picking off our players, though, will make it a lot tougher for Temple to expand its all-important softcore fanbase.
Friday: Thoughts on the Early Signing Period Guys