"Coaches, grow a backbone and don't release them. Part of your job is to educate and teaching people that it's ok to be 100% self-centered is wrong."
I 100% disagree. The percentage of high visibility star athletes transferring to a new college/university is miniscule. Personally, I hate moving. Packing up, leaving friends, favorite places, and moving to a strange place is difficult at best. When these kinds of moves occur, I have to believe that a lot of thought (soul searching) went into these decisions.
I feel these things are reminiscent to a employee leaving for another job. You hate to see a star employee leave, but you're not going to sabotage their next job and their ability to make a living.
If I was a track/cross country coach at a D1 school, I wouldn't interfere with these rare moves. If they're not happy, go somewhere else. And if a received a transfer, I would hope that he/she would be immediately released to run for me.
Bottom line, a coach that refuses to release an athlete looks like a sore loser.