Jon Horford transferred to Florida this offseason. The former Michigan forward graduated from the Ann Arbor university this past spring, and thus, does not have to sit out a year. Horford, who received minimal playing time under John Beilein, was reportedly seeking out more on-the-court action.
One person in Gainesville, Fla. hasn’t been too welcoming to the former Wolverine: Florida president Bernie Machen.
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The SEC approved Friday a change to its graduate transfer rules. The NCAA adopted a rule in 2006 that allowed transfers who had graduated to play immediately at their new schools. The SEC applied the rule until 2011, when it opted out due to the outrage of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli’s transfer to Ole Miss after getting dismissed from Oregon.
Before Friday, a graduate seeking transfer to a SEC school had to go through a waiver process before being able to play in the conference.
Machen opposes the NCAA rule. His school, Florida, has added two graduate transfers this offseason: Horford and Virginia football player Jake McGee.
“If they really wanted to transfer somewhere else, they should sit out a year,” Machen told CBS Sports. “Why didn’t Horford stay at Michigan another year? Because he had a free pass.
“Go to grad school at Michigan. They have some pretty good grad schools. … It’s really just a way for a school to fill a void at the very last minute, or a player going to get more playing time without having to sit out.”