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NCAA Changes Alcohol Policy At Championship Games, Transfer Rules, Among Others

Minnesota Fans

[NCAA] – In addition to the recruiting model, the Council eliminated restrictions on the sale of alcohol at Division I championships. The decision comes nearly two years after a pilot program that allowed alcohol sales in general seating at the College World Series and Women’s College World Series expanded to include the Football Championship Subdivision’s championship game, wrestling, men’s lacrosse championships in all three divisions, men’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball.

Well, I’ll be damned. The NCAA finally did the smart thing and will be serving alcohol at events like the Final Four. I mean, it’s an absolute no-brainer. The NCAA is an organization that loves money, especially free and easy money. The only way you get easier money than alcohol sales is using athletes for financial gain, but who would be silly enough to do that? This is an absolute cash cow as everyone knows who has ever attended a NCAA Tournament game, where you just sit there without being able to go buy a beer.

While that’s great, to me the biggest story out of the changes is the transfer rule. The proposal Council members adjusted the effective date of the notification-of-transfer proposal to Oct. 15, 2018. The proposal would eliminate schools’ ability to influence athletics scholarships provided to student-athletes. It includes the creation of a national database for transfer student-athletes to make it known that they wish to be recruited by other schools.

I absolutely love that. It’s something I’ve been preaching on here for the three years I’ve been blogging. It makes absolutely no sense as to why a school can block a transfer from happening to specific schools. I’m sorry, but if you’re that worried that one person can beat you the following year, you probably either a) stink as a coach or b) had no idea how to utilize talent. You can’t preach that it’s student-athletes and they don’t get preferential treatment or anything like that and then when it comes time to transfer treat them different than a student. It’s worth noting though that conferences can still limit transfers within the league.

I also want to take a quick second to talk about how dumb it is when people say there is a transfer epidemic. First off, who cares? You’re talking about kids who are forced to make the biggest decision of their lives when they are 17 or 18 years old. A little hint: people at 17 and 18 are dumb. Second, things happen that we don’t know about. We don’t know what’s going on in that kids life during his freshman year whether it’s on the court/field, in the locker room or with their personal life. People transfer for a million reasons, just let it happen.

The other major rule change that you’ll hear about is the now not being able to bring back former players to practice. This is perceived as an extra benefit as a football program like Alabama can bring back NFL type players while someone like Vanderbilt can only bring a handful. It’s whatever, I’m not really a fan of limiting that. I think it’s a cool thing when you see TJ Yeldon running over someone at Alabama plus is it really that big of an advantage? *Gets into a very Allen Iverson voice* we’re talking about practice here. Man, we aren’t talking about games. We’re talking about practice.

One very important proposal that was tabled is allowing football players to retain a year of eligibility after playing in four or fewer games. I really wish that was just approved instead of tabled. The reason why I like it? It allows teams late in season to see what they have talent wise, especially if they aren’t competing for a playoff spot or a bowl bid. Let them try a freshman quarterback a few times after not playing him all year. Right now if you want to do that you have to burn a redshirt. The other reason I like it? What happens if there are a bunch of injuries late. You have to burn that redshirt and the kid essentially loses a year because of that. However, it’s too logical, so it’s tabled for another year.