South Carolina coach Will Muschamp addressed the ongoing debate of whether players should be allowed to transfer freely in college football during the SEC ‘s spring meetings on Tuesday.
Muschamp said he believes graduate transfers should continue to have immediate eligibility, but allowing undergrads to do the same would lead to programs recruiting players as a form of free agency.
“If you want to do that, there will be coaches recruiting off your campus,” Muschamp said. “I’ll be honest. That’s what’s going to happen.”
Muschamp mentioned that there are numerous reasons why players decide to transfer away from programs, some of which would validate appealing the NCAA’s rule of sitting out for a full season.
“Josh Shaw was a young man I had at the University of Florida who was from Southern California and he had some issues in his family,” Muschamp said. “I appealed to the NCAA for immediate eligibility for him. I mean there’s so many different reasons why a young man’s transferring that it’s hard to lump it all into one category and say this is why it’s accurate. It’s not.
“But I do think in a lot of situations if a young man’s just unhappy at a school, to be able to have him granted immediate eligibility, I’m not for that.”