This year, the NCAA implemented a new rule regarding transfer students whereby "a student-athlete who earns an undergraduate degree in four years but still has one year of eligibility remaining can transfer into another college's graduate school and finish his or her playing career there immediately without having to sit out a year."
One of the biggest opponents of this new rule was Florida coach, Urban Meyer. At least he was five months ago. Back then Meyer stated, "It's unbelievable. It's a loophole that needs to be closed."
However, that was before Ryan Smith, the former starting cornerback for Utah when Meyer was head coach there, transferred to Florida. It was also before Smith took over a starting cornerback position on this year's heralded Gator defense, and racked up 29 tackles and a team leading 5 interceptions through the first 8 games.
Without Smith's contributions the Gators might not have their 7-1 record, be on track for a shot at the SEC Championship, and be close to getting into the BCS Championship game. Something tells me that if either of those two things happen, Coach Meyer might reconsider his opinion.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Posted by BDoc at 3:12 PM