Count Purdue head coach Matt Painter as one who isn’t a fan of the proposed one-time transfer rule to all college athletics. He believes it could lead to “chaos” across the sport of college basketball.
Painter joined Andy Katz of Big Ten Network to talk about the proposed rule change to college athletics. While it hasn’t been implemented yet, there has been growing momentum for a universal system in place that would benefit the student-athlete.
But Painter argues that it may not always be in the best interest of the player to transfer.
“Allowing guys just to transfer whenever they want, at any time, I think would be chaos,” Painter said. “I don’t think that will be good. But if it does happen and there are guardrails to it — but you can’t let a kid transfer after his freshman year. If you let a kid transfer after their freshman year…we wouldn’t do that with our own children.
“Being able to stick in college and fight through some adversity, I think, is a great thing.”
Purdue recently saw two juniors transfer out of the program. Center Matt Haarms and guard Nojel Eastern both hopped into the transfer portal earlier this offseason after spending the last three seasons making significant contributions on the hardwood in West Lafayette.
Haarms is headed to BYU and Eastern has committed to Michigan.
Painter also suggests that a one-time transfer rule could crush mid-major basketball at the Division I level.
“The low- to mid-majors [conferences] — that’s what March Madness is about,” Painter said. “Those guys getting in there and getting the upsets on neutral courts and having the buzz. Now, you’re gonna diminish the quality of those teams. You just are. If you’re all-conference at a low- to mid-major, you’re not staying. You’re out the door. How are those teams supposed to grow? How are they supposed to get better?”
Currently, the NCAA has tabled the conversation regarding the one-time transfer rule until a later date. A proposed change wouldn’t come until the 2021-22 academic year, barring a major change.
Below are Painter’s full comments on the matter:
"Allowing guys just to transfer whenever they want, at any time, I think would be chaos."
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) May 29, 2020