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Oh good, another half measure from college basketball!

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Happy Thursday Nova Nation! The NCAA decided to take coaches out of the “permission” process when it comes to student transfers yesterday. First, this is a good thing. For too long coaches with inflated egos have been able to bounce to whatever job they wanted to while being able to limit where players could transfer. Getting rid of that step in the process was absolutely a step in the right direction.

However, students still aren’t in complete control of where they want to transfer. Conferences are still able to restrict transfers to some or all member institutions, and Villanova is linked to the most recent example of that action.

Saddiq Bey, a 4-star recruit who visited Villanova yesterday, decommitted from NC State and is looking for a new program where he can start his career. The Wildcats are up against Vanderbilt for Bey’s services, but Boston College, Wake Forest, and Pitt were also possible landing spots for the small forward. In fact, Bey visited BC and Wake Forest in the past few weeks before the ACC denied his waiver to transfer within the conference. So even though NC State gave him a full release, the ACC has limited his options because they don’t want players transferring within conference.

Until students can play at any school that wants them, then the transfer rules are still broken. Oh, and pay the players already.

In other ”news”, Mikal Bridges is the safest pick in the draft, Spellman and Brunson have solo workouts, Villanova athletes are S-M-R-T, and more. Enjoy!

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