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Is Sheldon Jeter’s transfer ‘issue’ because of a lack of communication?

May 24, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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In the aftermath of Sheldon Jeter’s decision to transfer from Vanderbilt it was reported that Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was blocking Pittsburgh as a possible destination.

Some assumed that tampering was the reason for the move, but according to a report by Andy Katz of ESPN.com that may not be the case.

Regardless of whether or not it’s fair to put a block on a player receiving a scholarship in his first year at a new school (blocking doesn’t prevent the player from transferring to a school, but does cloud the process with the NCAA), there is a right and wrong way to depart. Jeter tweeted “Due to some personal issues, I am leaving Vanderbilt University to be closer to my family.’’ According to a source with direct knowledge, he didn’t meet face-to-face with Stallings to tell him he was leaving.

In many instances where coaches place restrictions on where a player can transfer it’s the program that will take the hit in the court of public opinion. But if the lack of a face-to-face meeting is the reason for Stallings’ decision, can he really be blamed for it?

As it has been noted Jeter can still attend Pittsburgh next year without Stallings’ approval, but it would prohibit Jeter from receiving a scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.

In situations such as this one, the student-athlete can file an appeal with the school to gain their release. Hopefully the two parties sit down and have the conversation that possibly did not happen when Jeter made his decision to transfer.

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  1. secdominance - May 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Yes the school can still be blamed. Be an adult and let the kid go. He wants to be closer to his family. Yeah he could have had a meeting but is not meeting with the coach prior and forcing this kid to take out a loan for a year a mature response. As long as the scholarships are 1 year renewables then I don’t have a problem with a kid saying he wants out, even if he didn’t let his coach know first.

  2. deantenn - May 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Pitt recruited the kid when he was still here. Most transfers leave, then decide where they want to go play. Jeter, with help, decided he wanted to go play for Pitt while he was at Vandy.

    Allow this, and you allow de facto free agency.

  3. first2fifteen - May 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The coaches who recruit these kids can up and leave without sitting out a year or being blocked to where they can work. The schools make big money off the kids and don’t even guarantee the scholarships from year to year, but want to control their movement. This is worse than the old reserve clause. Unless the schools start renumerating the athletes they should be free to go where they want for whatever reason they want.

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