What's good for the goose wrote:
I think everyone understands the rules. My point is that the rules are unfair.
Athletes are required to be loyal by a punitive rule created by the schools and coaches. Coaches are free to leave whenever they want and immediately coach against their old teams. Schools and coaches are also free to drop athletes from scholarship or a team. The people who create the rules require loyalty from athletes but none from themselves. That's unfair.
I would not go to a school where a coach has not granted a release, and would seek a written agreement to release prior to signing.