Marq Burnett's In My Opinion: College athletes should be allowed to swap teams without penalty
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
Jul 09, 2013 | 1207 views |  0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Dwight Howard leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets as a free agent, it got me thinking, what if college athletes could do the same?

Professional sports allow players to change teams after their contracts are up. Players are allowed to pick and choose a new team as long as that team has the required salary cap space to sign them.

So, what if after a year or two, a college athlete could go to another team without penalty? Players can transfer, but more than likely will have to sit out an entire year.

I know student-athletes sign ‘contracts’ when they choose a school to attend, but if things don’t work out, their only options are to stick it out or transfer and lose a year.

College coaches can leave programs whenever they want without warning. Brad Stevens left Butler for the Boston Celtics and won’t have to miss any time. Howard decided to join the Rockets and won’t lose an entire year of his playing career.

I’m not blaming either of those two for making the best decision for themselves and their families.

My only question is why are college athletes held to a certain standard when their coaches and professional counterparts aren’t?
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