Wow it is amazing how all these coaches have suddenly gotten a heart. Call me cynical but I think that most of these decisions are motivated by the fear of looking bad like Dooley rather than any real change of heart. I do not have a problem with a coach restricting a kid from transfering to any school on the schedule during the remainder of the player's eligibility and personally I think this should be negotible under extreme curcumstances.
While I think Dooley was excessive in his transfer policy, most of the transfer examples that people have used to bad mouth Dooley have been moves that have very little possibility of effecting the school in the near future.
Richt let a kid go to a school not a GA schedule
Sabin let Sims to UVA which is not on their schedule
Sabin lets kid go to GA State who is on their schedule but AL would still beat even with the kid
Kid transfers from NC State to Vandy who don't play each other.
It is one thing to let a second string player openly transfer, let a star player transfer to another power school outside the conference and not on your schedule or transfer to a much weaker school who you can still beat. Lets see how these coaches react when a real impact player wants to transfer from say GA to TN or AL to LSU. If said coaches are as quick to grant that transfer then I will believe that coaches have had a true change of heart and not just trying to spin some PR.