Durham, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the NCAA should stop allowing transfer waivers to avoid confusion.
“There should be no exceptions,” Krzyzewski said. “Everybody should have to sit out, that includes a fifth-year player, just to make it equal. I think it’s a farce, really.”
Krzyzewski said the NCAA lacked consistency after it allowed former Missouri guard Michael Dixon, who left Mizzou after being accused of sexual assault, to play at Memphis immediately.
However, the NCAA denied ex-Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles’s appeal to play at Minnesota.
“Giving certain kids the right to play and others not the right to play, it should be done the same,” Krzyzewski said. “If they want to let everybody play right away, then let everybody play right away.”
“Everybody should be treated the same. I don’t understand why there are exceptions to this rule,” he added.
Buckles, who twice tore his ACL in three seasons with Louisville, transferred to Florida International for his senior season, sitting out last year.
He opted to follow his coach, Richard Pitino, to Minnesota after FIU was banned from the postseason because of a low academic progress rate and appealed to play immediately but was denied.
“I’m just blown away by it,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino earlier said after the NCAA’s decision. “It makes no sense. It’s amazing the NCAA can do this.”
Recently, the NCAA reversed itself in the case of Kerwin Okoro, who played sparingly as a freshman at Iowa State while dealing with the deaths of his brother and father. He decided to transfer to Rutgers and petitioned the NCAA to play immediately.
The NCAA originally denied his request but, on appeal, agreed to allow Okoro to play.