Transfers fleeing programs is not the answer

There is an epidemic plaguing college basketball right now.

Let's call it transfer-itis.

It is unbelievable what is going on out there. Let's set the record straight: Youngsters have a right to move on if they are not happy with their current role. Coaches move on all the time. They get country club deals and all kinds of perks, plus plenty of George Washingtons.

What is going on in college basketball is incredible when you consider the numbers. By the end of this offseason, you will see around 700 Division I players switching programs, an average of two per D-I school. That happened last year and it is happening again now.

Why is this happening at such an alarming rate?

First of all, there are a lot of players who were stars in high school and end up at the end of the bench in college. They have to adjust to the challenge of college life, of improved competition, of different demands of their time. Then they don't get enough playing time and hear from others that there are opportunities to shine elsewhere.

These kids hear that they can go elsewhere and play more in a different environment. That is enticing. Former AAU and high school coaches supply their input. These youngsters keep hearing that they are way better than the current situation. The change of scenery would be good for them.

That is the message you are sending when times get tough? You are unhappy, go run. Kids should look in the mirror, work hard and go prove they can play. It takes time to excel on the college level, and some kids simply think they are better than they are.

I have not met a coach that doesn't want to win. If a young man can help the coach win, he will play him!

Unfortunately, a lot of these transfers are having their heads filled up with visions of grandeur. They move on.

I am telling you, in many cases this is sad. Players are not learning how to deal with a challenge. They are not ale to cope with tough times.

Again, I want to re-emphasize that I do not have a problem with a player transferring if it is in his best interest. Sometimes I wonder about what is going on in coaching. Some coaches have a role in this epidemic; they have made sure word gets out that a player will get more time on the court if they transfer to their school.

It is all about the playing time. An unhappy player just gets up and leaves instead of working hard for the opportunity to star at their current school. The numbers prove this is an epidemic. It is very, very sad.