Posted: 7:23 am Sunday, May 25th, 2014

College basketball player lists 94 schools to transfer to … all 94 denied 

By Michael Carvell

When it comes to unfair NCAA transfer restrictions, it doesn’t get much nastier than the story of a freshman basketball player at Kansas State.

This one is a first-ballot Hall of Fame for shafting student-athletes.

Here’s what happened, according to the Manhattan Mercury:

Kansas State basketball player Leticia Romero, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, presented a list of 94 schools she was interested in transferring to.

Kansas State athletics director John Currie denied all 94 requests.

At this point, Romero had the option to take her case to an appeals committee at Kansas State. She did, and they denied all 94 requests, too.

Please keep in mind that Romero is already being penalized by having to sit out one full season of competition. And for some background, Romero wants to transfer because the Kansas State coach who recruited her there was recently fired.

Here is some of the reaction to Kansas State’s decision:

  • From Joe Posnanski: “Look, I’ll come clean here: I don’t even think Kansas State SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to deny Leticia Romero free movement. There’s a lot of talk these days about college athletes being indentured servants … the NCAA transfer rules fit the description. Why should Kansas State have the right to prevent her from transferring to another school that wants to give her a scholarship? Is it because of how much they are paying her? Oh yeah, they’re not paying here. Is it because a scholarship is a binding contract? No, not quite since scholarships go year-to-year and the school can take them away at more or less any time for any cockamamie reason. Is it because Kansas State has worked so hard to make her comfortable that she owes them? No, not even that — they just fired the whole coaching staff that convinced her to leave … She played a year. She played well. She gave it a shot. She wants to leave and take a different scholarship. It is utterly un-American that Kansas State even has the power to stop her.”
  • From NBC Sports: “Someone at Kansas State needs to step in and realize that the school is getting mountains of negative PR for an athlete in a non-revenue sport by upholding a rule that is likely to be changed when the Power Five conferences are given autonomy. It’s utterly incompetent and another stain on the reputation of Athletic Director John Currie …”

Updated: Apparently, due to a clerical error, Romero can get recruited by one of the 94 colleges on her list, Middle Tennessee State. But again, that was only due to a clerical error.

37 comments
gt1995
gt1995

Does anyone really believe that student athletes should be able to up and transfer whenever they want? That situation is as crazy as the story about which we are posting comments.


At some point, student athletes need to understand that term. Student first, athlete second. Pick a school for its academics and the belief that it will prepare you for life rather than "I love the Coach" or "the <insert sport> program is incredible."


If young people made those types of decisions, we would not see issues like this or even the whisper of student-athlete unions come up. There are many folks, myself included, who made very similar decisions. Should I go to a small DII or DIII school and continue playing the sport I love or should I go to the best academic institution possible? Easy decision. Best academic institution possible. My athletic "career" was cut short, but guess what, they all will be. so few people actually make a living playing sports it is incomprehensible to me that a young person would make a decision based on anything else.



forexbomb
forexbomb

Incredible...  How in the world can you be so STUPID!

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

the players need a union to protect their interests and get them money for all the millions they bring in.  the union could sue the ncaa and order strikes until the players get paid--at least 2,000/month!  they need to vote for unions asap!!

PomonaCal
PomonaCal

For those of you who think unions for college athletes are just about players getting paid, this is a prime example of why they are about much more and why college athletes need more of an effective voice in matters like this and others (health, hours, etc.)

RxDawg
RxDawg

Hey, asked and I received! This is petty, simply petty.   I'm glad this got out in the media, and KSU is going to get a deservedly bad rep for this.  I can somewhat understand limiting a transfer to directly competing schools.   But this is a planned attempt at derailing a young girl's career.   Not cool KSU, not cool at all.

akil
akil

The Transfer Rule is inherently wrong because it's solely there for purposes of the coaches and schools. An employee or coach can leave anytime they want for any reason, but student-athlete cannot!!! Why because they are considered the property of the school. They are penalized by having to sit out a year of competition and most time not granted a scholarship, but rather must pay their own way. For the most part, they are indentured servants. They have the right to leave, but with penalties!

Why!

Student-athletes should have the right to leave a school for any reason: home sick, not a good fit, don't like the coach or school, etc. The school employees have that right!


Can you say Boycott the Basketball and/or Football championship game! It is Coming!


HotDawg
HotDawg

She must have ticked somebody off unbelievably at K-St.

itchyz
itchyz

The level of PC crap in academia being what it is, I'm sure if this player had been black, they wouldn't treat her this way.

Caius
Caius

No problem.  Someone  create an academic scholly at GT or UGA and have her win the award.

Then she can walk on to the team and if good enough get an athletic scholly next season.


You GT and UGA guys in the NBA - pay back time.


C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Why can't she go to a Junior College one year then go where ever she wants her last two years?

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

If one looks at this closely, it's pretty close to slavery.

shameful
shameful

Something is very wrong at K State. This is damaging the school but damaging the player even more. It will  most certainly hurt recruiting for all their teams.

Too much NCAA, however, I understand it is a tough situation to make and enforce rules to try and level the playing field.

dkendr
dkendr

She knew the rules when she signed up. Life is sad. Earn your free degree and do it quietly.

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

just sue kansas and the ncaa for $10 million--it will get settled "quickly and quietly" as they say in DC

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

What? I thought conservative Kansas was all about FREEDOM !


So I guess she has to play poorly before she is released!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Gee, I wish I had a daughter that wanted to go to Kansas State.  My discussion with the AD might be very interesting.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@gt1995 They are still penalized for transferring. They have to sit out a season of competition

Farcas
Farcas

A union would only screw things up worse since they end caring more about their top brass pockets then the actual workers.

Classof98
Classof98

@akil Be careful what you wish for.  If student-athletes didn't have to sit out a year, they would basically become free agents, free to leave and play for any team they like at any time.  Do we really want that?  Do we really want schools to have to re-recruit every player on every team the minute their season ends?


In the real world, there are non-compete clauses.  You can't voluntarily leave your upper-management position at Coca-cola one day and start working for Pepsi the next day.  You have to wait a certain period of time.


If there were no stipulation requiring players to sit out a year, it would be the wild, wild, west, with players jumping ship for "greener pastures" at the drop of the hat.  College sports in that atmosphere would bear no resemblance to what we have now.

RxDawg
RxDawg

@akil I don't like comparing paid proffesional coaches to the ametaur scholarship binding athelete. I think it's apples and oranges.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Anybody, athletes included, can leave any school anytime they wish....

Don't confuse certain scholarship rules with a person being unable to leave.

Worry more about school, than basketball.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I am for athletes being allowed to transfer where they want to play.

But many here are equating this as if players are not allowed to leave the school.

This is Not true.

In this case, she is free to transfer anywhere that accepts her.

She does not have the right to a scholarship anywhere.

She can pay her own way. Loans are available if she doesn't have money. Scholarships and playing athletics are a privelege. Not a right.

She is not being forced to stay at K-St. as some have suggested.

That being said, K-St. Is being more than petty. They are wrong.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Maybe michelle obama will try "hashtag diplomacy" for her.....

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Caius IIRC, you can't play DI sports on an academic scholarship.  That would encourage "cheating" to get around Title IX and NCAA regulations.  I think the only exception to this is the ROTC scholarship, as that's awarded by the military (US Government) and not an institution.  

genonola
genonola

I'm sure she could probably go the JUCO route. But she's not American. She made the difficult decision to leave her family in Europe and travel more than 5,000 miles to K-State because she felt comfortable with the coaching staff.

She adjusted to American culture, improved her English, excelled on the court and is in good academic standing. Once the staff wa fired, she decided to transfer. I'm not sure she'd like to stay in the US if she has no other options than JUCO. Big step down in terms of basketball and academics.

GTBob
GTBob

@tomkat1111 College athletics in general are pretty close to slavery.

iamlistening
iamlistening

@dkendr Get real. This has nothing to do with rules and everything to do with hypocrisy. I guarantee you, if she had not been the freshman of the year and sat the bench, they would say 'good riddance'. To take it a step further, if she had a knee jury and wanted to transfer, they would say 'best of luck to you'.

ReginaldNixon
ReginaldNixon

Kid shouldn't have to give up opportunities bc of, at best, unclear reasons. That's a lot of money to have to give up bc of university's issues.

ReginaldNixon
ReginaldNixon

My cousin had an academic scholarship & played ball. You don't hear about it much bc it's tough to maintain the academic end and still excel on the field. Then academic obligations override athletic ones bc academia is footing the bill. Coaches didn't like at all.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Augusta......UGA has had worthy players eligible for Hope scholarship walk-on so they did not have to use athletic scholarship. They wanted to be at UGA and some had earned football scholly offers, but were willing to use the Hope instead.

Good way to add depth and 100% legal.

RxDawg
RxDawg

@GTBob @tomkat1111 I can't believe I'm going to even resond to this....but your both way off base.  And your both discounting what slavery really is.   There is no part of slavery that was voluntary.   You work, or you get beaten, or you get killed.    Comparing that to collegiate scholarship is irresponsible.   Your internet privalages should be revoked trolls.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Of course the Hope is for in state kids, but the point is you can be on Hope and walk-on a team. Maintain the grades and you don't need the athletic scholly. Unless the athletic scholly offers more benefits (not sure). Then you can try to earn an athletic scholly......some walk-ons get "battlefield promotion" athletic scholly's every year.