Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter is critical of the graduate transfer rule which allows players who earn their degrees before completing their athletic eligibility to transfer to another school and play immediately.
Painter, who signed Michigan grad transfer Spike Albrecht in May, believes that basketball players are not utilizing the rule for its actual purpose, which is to obtain a master’s degree at another university.
“Eighty percent of these guys are doing it for basketball reasons, if not more,” Painter told ESPN. “Are they going to get a master’s degree? Well, the NCAA’s paying for it for one year, and we all know most master’s degrees are two years.”
The NCAA also has concerns that grad transfers are not ultimately earning their advanced degrees.
They are considering rules that would penalize schools whose fifth year transfers consistently fail to earn their master’s degrees
“This policy change could hold schools accountable for the academic progress of all students and make it more likely that students enrolled in graduate programs will receive the support and encouragement they need to finish their degree,” NCAA Committee Chairman and Ohio University President Rod McDavis told the AP.
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