Longtime Gannon fan John Deluca gave me the heads up on this insightful article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled "College athletes turn to transfers in search of playing time." Are they talking about Gannon? Nope. It turns out that leaving a program is trending up everywhere. If you want to read the entire article, click on this link. Here are some interesting excerpts:
* According to the most recent NCAA data, the rate of men's basketball transfers into four-year schools is trending up, even as the transfer rate for all sports at those schools is trending down. From 2003-04 to 2008-09, transfers for all sports at four-year schools decreased, from 7.3 percent to 6.5 percent. During that same time, men's basketball transfers at those schools increased, from 9.4 percent to 10.6 percent.
* Last season, Ohio State had one player transfer out and one in; Kent State lost two and gained one; Cleveland State lost three transfers and replaced them with freshmen. Akron had four transfer out, three transfer in. At Cleveland State, coach Gary Waters had no 2010 scholarships available at the beginning of last recruiting season, yet -- anticipating departures -- he still signed two early recruits, and later a third.
* Ohio University coach John Groce has seen his roster turned upside down by transfers. In 2009-10, Groce led the Bobcats to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament title and the NCAA Tournament bid that went with it. But in his two-plus seasons, his roster has turned over with 13 recruits and/or transfers. He has lost players who were homesick; others who were jettisoned for violating team rules; one who quit to begin a rap music career, and one who quit because he no longer had a passion to play the game. Groce said the player movement mirrors the "instant-gratification society" we live in. "In the past, a player would see the chance to play behind a junior for two years, then start for two years, as an opportunity," Groce said. "Now, if they are not at least playing a lot as freshmen, there are issues."