Pro sports have their trading deadlines, that frantic few weeks when teams attempt to patch holes, trim payroll and/or unload malcontents before the playoffs commence. Colleges have no such in-season swap meet, but come spring, basketball's transfer flood commences.
CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has accepted the herculean challenge of charting all Division I transfers, and his list is notable for not only its length but also its breadth.
No level or conference is immune.
All have lost and/or accepted transfers. Most are pursuing them.
Goodman's list is more than 300 strong and speaks to many forces. Among them:
•The Twitter mentality. We want everything instantly, from news to oatmeal. For college athletes, this includes playing time. Patience is for chumps and if, after a season or two, minutes are minimal, it's transfer time.
•Delusions of grandeur. Every kid and his family thinks he's
•Media saturation. With more of us knotheads on the case, fewer transfers go unnoticed or unreported.
So are we at epidemic or crisis numbers when approximately 8 percent of the workforce wants a change of scenery? Probably not.
Besides, many transfers are in the best interests of player and school(s). Some players are unhappy socially or academically; others are caught in the middle of coaching changes or
Consider power forward DeShawn Painter, the most productive reserve on N.C. State's Sweet 16 team this season. He wasn't unhappy in Raleigh, but family medical concerns at home in Norfolk prompted him to transfer to ODU for his final college season.
Virginia lost KT Harrell and
All three exited over playing time, and all returned to their home roots. Nothing nefarious there.
The Cavaliers and
College basketball's version of the waiver wire offers many coaches a chance to restock their roster with older, more experienced players.
Both are interested in forward Anthony Gill, a transfer from
Point guard Dylan Ennis, a Rice transfer, said last week that he's considering
Neither Tech nor Virginia has been a haven for Division I transfers.
But given their glaring needs and the scores of transfers searching for new homes, you can't blame them for surveying the market.