Grad transfers have become a huge part of every college basketball off-season. Many of the top mid-major players will now graduate early and leave for power programs for their final years. A number of coaches are against the practice, calling it "free agency" within the college game, and according to Northwestern head coach Chris Collins, mid-majors are now actively preventing players from graduating.
Collins went on InsideNU's"Pound the Talk" podcast to discuss the transfer issue.
And now, what you’re having is — [former Drexel coach] Bruiser Flint lost his job because the best player in his league [Damion Lee], a week before school started, went to Louisville. He lost his job. So you know what’s happening now at all mid-major programs? They don’t let their kids go to summer school. They don’t let them get ahead. They won’t let ‘em graduate. Is that what upper level education is all about? Aren’t we still academic institutions? That want our kids to graduate?
While this hasn't been substantiated, if true, this is a pretty serious accusation from Collins. Whether or not you agree with the grad transfer rules as they currently stand, teams going out of their way to keep players from getting degrees as early as they can would be a pretty serious issue for the NCAA.