Hello on this fine Saturday morning where once again the hypocrisy of college athletics is alive and well. The latest example comes with the news that 2012 Kentucky Miss Basketball Sydney Moss is transferring from SEC school Florida to Division III school Thomas More.
Nothing against Thomas More. And Moss said when announcing her plans to transfer out of Gainesville that her reason for departure was that she wanted to be closer to her mother in Boone County, where Moss was a high school star.
The problem is that Florida coach Amanda Butler limited Moss’ choices, reportedly laying down transfer guidelines that kept the daughter of NFL wide receiver Randy Moss from going to a BCS schools. There have been other reports that the specific restrictions actually kept Moss from considering Kentucky and Louisville.
In the same old song and dance. College coaches can break contracts at any time and go to any school that will have them. Unfortunately, in many cases, college athletes are not afforded the same freedom of movement. Not only must they sit out a year, unless winning an appeal to the NCAA for instant eligibility, but they are not allowed to transfer to certain institutions.
Here’s the interesting thing. Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan has never employed such a draconian policy. He’s let former Gators transfer to other SEC schools. One example is David Huertas, who transferred from Florida to Ole Miss and ended up playing against the Gators.
The practice hasn’t seem to hurt Donovan, who has won two national titles, been to three Final Fours and has a 415-166 record at Florida.
Meanwhile, Amanda Butler’s record is 160-104.