We hear many stories about how the transfer portal helps athletes find new schools. Some coaches even build up their programs through the transfer portal. However, there are many coaches who are pretty vocal about their disdain for the portal. Here are six reasons why some coaches don't like the transfer portal.
One of the biggest problems coaches have with the portal is that there is a lot of opportunity for tampering. According to NCAA rules, coaches are not allowed to contact athletes unless their name is officially in the portal. In many cases, athletes are illegally contacted by coaches to inform them that if they enter the portal they'll receive interest from their school. This is not allowed and other coaches get upset that their players may be illegally recruited to leave their school.
2. Losing players
From a coach's standpoint, it is very frustrating when a coach is losing players every year and they have to rebuild. Legendary ESPN analyst Dick Vitale stated in a tweet that the transfer portal leads to “chaos” and that “the instability of the game is very scary as many coaches have told me.” This instability stems from the uncertainty that a player can decide to transfer at any point.
4. Graduate transfers
Graduate student-athletes can currently transfer whenever they want to. Most of the time, grad transfers only have one year left of eligibility and it is not ideal for most coaches to have a player commit for only one year, or have a player leave when they thought they had one year left with them.
5. High school recruits
Most coaches would prefer to recruit an athlete who already has experience competing at the college level. High school athletes can be left out in the cold at times as every coach is trying to keep up with the increasing competition levels.
6. The timing of the transfer window
For a lot of sports, the transfer portal opens before the postseason is over. If your team is still in the national championship, you don't have time or energy to spend on recruiting transfer athletes. In this case, the teams that didn't make it as far in the postseason have an advantage.
On the contrary, coaches are allowed to leave their schools for another job at any time. This leaves athletes in limbo when they are committed to a school to play for a certain coach and he leaves. The transfer portal gives athletes the same opportunities as the coaches. Whether you are a fan or not, it seems like the transfer portal isn't going anywhere. Coaches and players have no choice but to adjust and adapt to the changing times.