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And Another Thing


Today's Indentured Servant Report

I know I'm starting to sound like Johnny One-Note on this. But I'm gonna continue to bang on the NCAA's transfer rules because A) they're hideously unjust, and B) they're probably not legal, either.

And so, this.

Now, Bo Ryan being a vindictive jackwagon toward Jarrod Uthoff was bad enough. But what Florida International is doing to this Ferguson kid is beyond outrageous. It borders on criminal.

Here's why: Because it's all perfectly legal according to the NCAA.

Yes, that's right. FIU can refuse to grant this kid a transfer, even though the coach he wanted to play for (Isiah Thomas) is no longer there. So now he's headed for the NBA draft because he feels like he has no other choice. It's a poor option, given that he averaged only eight points a game last season, and it's likely to end with him floating somewhere out there in the ether of professional limbo-land.

But, hey, what does FIU care? According to the rules, they're not doing anything wrong -- even though this is as wrong as it gets, and even though the NCAA, if it truly believes what it says it stands for, should step in toot suite and order FIU to release the kid, or risk sanctions.

So far, though, silence from Indy on this. Way to look out for "the welfare of the student-athlete", people. Here's hoping every blue-chip hoops prospect reads about Ferguson's plight and decides to opt out of college altogether, rather than submit to this sort of exploitation for even a year.

Rant over.

Ben Smith's blog.