SEC players question why coaches are free to come and go and they are not
One recent Ole Miss signee has been making headlines recently for his distaste over the ever-churning coaching carousel.
2017 athlete Breon Dixon signed with Huge Freeze’s program less than a month ago. The Georgia native chose Ole Miss over Louisville. The Cardinals opted to bring on defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon in favor of Todd Grantham — whom ironically enough filled Sirmon’s former position at Mississippi State.
This “swapping” of defensive coordinators led to one disgruntled recruit: Dixon. He blasted not only Grantham on social media, but also the entire practice of coaches promising things — only to renege on those sentiments in favor of taking another job.
Dixon took to Twitter again on Wednesday — still visibly upset on the constant coaching upheaval:
How come the NCAA doesn't make coaches sit out a year when flipping teams outta no where but players do ??
— Breon Dixon (@Breondixon_4) February 8, 2017
Alabama signee VanDarius Cowan also responded to Dixon with this message:
In these sorts of situations, the players are truly not protected. Coaches can move to whichever program they want. There’s no penalty for doing such a thing — nor is there a period in which they have to sit out. These coaching decisions may occur in the offseason, right after signing day, or even weeks before signing day.
It truly makes life complicated for recruits ready to sign — as they’re generally knowing which direction they’ll opt for. It’s essentially as if the preexisting relationship with the now-departed coach has completely vanished.
Hypothetically, a player will then have to build a relationship with a new coach on very expedited time. In some cases, the said prospects will be meeting a coach with only a few days until the official decision is finalized. This is also a decision impacting the individual’s life for the next four-to-five years.
For players wanting to transfer, they have to sit out one year (unless it’s a graduate transfer). There isn’t the same sort of flexibility nor freedom associated with the coaching profession.
There really isn’t anything that can be done. The players simply have to take the word of the coaches that they’ll in fact be on campus by the time the recruits do enroll in school.
However, it doesn’t always unfold this way.