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RE: Tara Davis transfers from Georgia
Our child was an athlete on some of the USA teams Tara was on. I don’t know that she is a diva and I honestly don’t care.
What’s sad is that she and/or her parents didn’t expect this situation and don’t seem to be accepting the fact that the only athlete who would be granted an exception to compete in January, when the notification of transfer is in December is an athlete with little or no chances to score points at a conference level.
It would literally be a disservice to his team/school for an AD to grant this kind of request.
Plenty of athletes who are competitive and expected to score at the NCAA level are granted exceptions to compete WHEN THEY TRANSFER IN THE SUMMER/FALL.
If Tara wanted to compete this season, her parents should have known this. They have plenty of resources available to them; not the least of which is the NCAA handbook itself. Or she could have asked around or done her research.
There’s no shame in transfers. Plenty of families have athletes who sign NLI’s thinking the school is a place for them, where they can thrive, only to find its not a great fit after all. It doesn’t matter why. That’s between the athlete and whomever they choose to share that info with.
But she will likely need to redshirt a year if she doesn’t want to or can’t go pro now.
And her parents should have helped her more by understanding how businesses work and setting appropriate expectations.
(And who signs an aid agreement just to avoid a dead period, BTW? ?!! Trying to skirt the rules is what seemed to get her into this mess in the first place).
Just my 2 cents as a parent of a power5 scholarship athlete.
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