Tonight the entire starting five for 2012 NCAA champion Kentucky announced they're entering the NBA draft.
Good for them. And, no, there's not a breath of sarcasm in that whatsoever.
Good for them, because the sooner they flee the indentured servitude that is college basketball, the better. I don't use that term lightly, or for dramatic effect. I use it because of this.
How do you blame any kid for going one-and-done -- or better yet, skipping college hoops altogether -- when you've got college coaches who'll essentially chain someone to their program?
That's what Ryan's doing to redshirt Jarrod Uthoff, a former high school star in Iowa who decided, after a year in Madison, that Wisconsin's stilted offense didn't really suit his game. So he decided to transfer -- only Ryan, who's apparently upset about it, has placed the entire Big Ten, plus Iowa State, plus the ACC, on the list of schools he's banning Uthoff from transferring to. The list is, like, 30 schools long.
First things first: How is this even legal? And by that I mean, not legal according to NCAA rules (which actually allow coaches to do this to kids), but legal, period.
There is absolutely no way on God's green earth any coach should have the right to tell a college kid where he can and cannot transfer. It really does smack of indentured servitude, for one thing. More importantly, it exposes again the myth of the "student-athlete" -- because if the kid's really as much student as athlete, the coach wouldn't be able to dictate where he could transfer.
After all, no regular student is so restricted. Neither is Bo Ryan, for that matter.
So, once more, we learn that "student-athletes" aren't students at all, but commodities with limited or no control over how they're used.
And so: Head for the hills, you Wildcats. Vaya con Dios.