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Good on Kansas State

I’m seeing quite a bit of “well it took long enough” comments out there … but I don’t see that. Tuesday, Kansas State granted Leticia Romero’s request to transfer to any non-Big 12 school. It seems to me that’s a reasonable limitation set by the school. Romero can now find a comfortable place for her to play basketball. And this sorry saga is now over.

We can talk all day about the motives, the politics, the due and undue pressures that were involved here. But my feeling is this: Credit goes to the people who can fix their mistakes. Good on Kansas State for getting through all the red tape and doing the right thing before it was too late.

I will add here: The NCAA transfer rules are a travesty. But that’s a whole other fight.

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15 Responses to Good on Kansas State

  1. 18thstreet says:

    You have a more forgiving heart than most of us. Buck would be proud.

  2. Piso Mojado says:

    Why is it reasonable for her not to be able to transfer to a Big 12 school? Because K-State plays them? So what.

    • BIP says:

      Yeah. Noncompetes are fairly common in other industries… but of course that’s just further evidence that players are employees.

      • Phaedrus says:

        If a free agent can sign with a team in the same division (or even be traded to one), I don’t see how a school can say that an athlete can’t transfer to a school in the same conference.

      • Guest says:

        Noncompetes are also much more unenforceable than most people realize. The best noncompetes are those that are legitimately negotiated and contracted for by the parties (person A agrees not to compete, company A agrees to give compensation for the noncompete). This is where schools and the NCAA should move. School A says we’re recruiting you, but we’ll attempt to block you from transferring to 100 schools as a condition of coming here, John Calipari says you can do whatever you please at the end of each year; who gets the player?

  3. John says:

    Well, yes. Technically speaking, they don’t have to allow her to transfer at all (not saying I agree with this, but it is what it is). It is routine for schools to exclude other schools within their conference and/or state when granting transfer requests. What made this situation so unusual is that they wouldn’t approve any of 100 schools that she asked for. If they had merely approved all schools outside the Big 12, this would be a minor story.

  4. John says:

    Also, Phaedrus, your analogy doesn’t hold up. Her situation is not analagous to a free agent. That’s more like when she was a recruit. At that point, she can sign wherever she wants. But since she had already committed to Kansas State, she needed their permission in order to transfer. It’s more like a player under contract requesting a trade. Even if the team grants the request to be traded, they can still refuse to trade the player to a division rival if they choose to. I think Kansas State’s conduct in this matter has been appalling, but they should not be pilloried for doing something (the restriction on schools within their conference) that just about every other school does when approving a transfer.

  5. I know this is a ridiculous point, since the “student” in “student-athlete” is just two nonsense syllables, but I’ve seen her basketball stats in every article about her, and nothing about how good a student she is, or whether there are any academic coniderations for her in choosing another school.

    • Karyn says:

      According to Joe’s previous article on the topic, she’s still learning English. I don’t get how she’s a legit college student.

    • Guest says:

      What are “coniderations”? Stupid students around the country are curious about your question!

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