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RE: Pat Casey Leaving Montana State for Oklahoma!
let's understand the rules of the game:
1. you sign with a school, not a coach. The paper you sign says that in black and white. If you choose the place because of the coach, then that is your choice, but you've been warned in writing of the rules and the consequences.
2. the transfer rules in ALL sports require you to sit out a year. In football and basketball a student-athlete doesn't have the option of being "released" except in emergency situations.
3. The "release" is actually a 1 time transfer EXCEPTION. Therefore being eligible to compete right away is the EXCEPTION, not the rule. Therefore NOT BEING RELEASED doesn't make the coach or school the bad guy, they are simply following the rules.
Imagine if Duke, or UCONN could simply scour the ALL conference, or ALL tournament lists for the star players on mid majors and fill their rosters with these players in basketball, or LSU and ALABAMA in football. It would be anarchy.
Every kid has every right to seek greener pasteurs. But there is a consequence.
Maine and Montana State busted their butts in recruiting, and developed these kids. If Oklahoma loved them so much, they could have recruited them and matched the scholarships when they were coming out of HS. Or if the kids loved Oklahoma so much they could have called the coach and asked to walk on. Neither of those things happened. Now Maine and MSU have the star that THEY recruited and THEY developled walk away. I tip my hat to those schools for being nice guys and releasing them. But now they are left without their star with only days before school starts. No ability to replace them.
There are rules to the game. You don't like them, then go NAIA, go NJCAA or go PRO. Otherwise, everyone enters the game knowing the rules.
Choosing your school wisely is a BIG RESPONSIBILITY. If you want to CHASE the big scholarship, no problem. But if you don't like it once you're there, just be prepared to sit out a year.
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