There's certainly something to be said for learning to work for results and work through problems. However, forcing someone to do so is the wrong way to go about it. It's the decision to stay when the opportunity to leave is there that builds character. Staying simply because you have no other options usually just makes a difficult situation worse.
Earlier this week, South Carolina hoops coach Frank Martin was asked about the growing epidemic of transfers in college basketball. More than 400 Division I players have tried to swap schools this offseason. While that may be a problem for his sport today, Martin believes the cause of the problem can be traced to what kids are being taught at much younger ages:
“It’s a grassroots problem. When we recruit these kids they’ve transferred three or four times in high school. It’s not like they’re going to get to college and all of a sudden have an epiphany and say, ‘Oh, I’ve got to deal with this difficult moment? Let me work through it and have patience and allow things to take place the right way.’ It’s not what these kids have been asked to do in the past. It’s not what they’ve been taught at the grassroots level…
Kids are not being taught to stay the course, be patient, to learn how to work and improve. Everything’s a quick fix. At the end of the day, that’s the problem.”
Martin, like many other coaches, is in favor of nixing the hardship waivers that allow players to transfer and play right away. While that would work for the school and the coach, would coaches be willing to give a little something in order to get what they want in return?
Carolina’s coach — and we’re not trying to single him out Martin, he just had the great quote — says that today “everything’s a quick fix.” True enough. But that’s true for coaches, too. How many times do players sign with a program only to be shown the door later because they did not progress as an athlete as was initially expected?
At MrSEC.com, we have no problem with coaches’ suggestion that waivers be tossed. But in exchange, we believe a coach should be on the hook for the decisions he makes about recruits. Multi-year scholarships would seem to be a fair trade off if transfer waivers were suddenly taken out of the equation.
But here’s guessing Martin and other coaches would be steadfastly against anything that would prevent them from making “a quick fix.”