Happy Gilmore

December 4th, 2011 at 7:16 PM ^

I'm not saying you are wrong because I certainly am no expert in this but I was under the impression that if a player transfers he has to sit out a year unless there is a coaching change or some type of extenuating circumstance like that


December 4th, 2011 at 7:26 PM ^

If you have completed your degree at one institution, and you still have eligibility left, and you are accepted into a program of *graduate study* (Masters or PhD, for example) then you don't have to sit out a year when you transfer.


I have no idea what the rationale is for this rule, but it gets used now and then. For example, when Ryan Mundy went to WVU from here he may have done this, though I might be mistaken on that one.


December 4th, 2011 at 7:52 PM ^

The rationale for the rule is the player must be enrolling in a graduate program THAT HIS ORIGINAL UNIVERSITY DIDN'T OFFER. They do not want "athletics" to interfere with a student's education. You can judge for yourself the sincerity of the "educational decisions" these just-so-happen-to-be-benched players seem to make.


December 4th, 2011 at 8:15 PM ^

It's a good rule in theory as it allows a student to continue their studies at a university that offers the program they are interested in without being forced to chose between academics and football.  That the rule is usually abused rather than used for its original intent doesn't mean the rule itself is bad.  I suspect a number of lower-profile players than WIlson and Crist at lower-profile schools than Wisconsin and ND have used the rule to sincerely transfer for grad studies.

On the other hand, the SEC no longer allows these transfers.  I wonder how long it will before other conferences follow suit.  (If Crist leads Wiscy to another conference championship, do the other Big 10 schools press for a ban?)

Mr. Yost

December 4th, 2011 at 7:25 PM ^

Wisconsin, MSU, USC and Stanford could/will all be losing their top QBs. Crist may be walking into one hell of a situation. Now he's not as good as Wilson, but in the right system, he may be able to help a team win and show some of that 5* rating off.


December 4th, 2011 at 7:55 PM ^

the school you are at does not offer the graduate program you want, then you are allowed to go somewhere that offers it without sitting out a year.


December 4th, 2011 at 8:57 PM ^

Should be funny seeing him in Madison next year, as he's basically a disappointment who struggled to do much with a very good offensive unit around him.  I'm sure Wiscy will talk themselves into thinking he's another Wilson, but at some the Badgers will need to develop an actual QB from within their ranks, and Crist is not some savior that it is worth delaying the inevitable.


December 4th, 2011 at 9:47 PM ^

Given his struggles I'm not sure big programs will take him. I'd say he's far more likely to end up at a more mid-level school where he can make more of an impact.


December 4th, 2011 at 9:59 PM ^

He might just end up as  backup qb instead of a starter if he goes to a top 25 school.  Then again, that's still better than his situation at ND would be next year.


December 4th, 2011 at 11:49 PM ^

That would be great for recruiting. Here's the pitch: "Come here and we'll bring in a free agent qb every year after you've redshirted and waited behind the last 2 free agent qb's we signed."