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Miami is wrong for blocking Evan Shirreffs from transferring to several schools

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Steve Mitchell)

The University of Miami is reportedly blocking QB Evan Shirreffs from transferring from several schools. Shirreffs who played back up to Malik Rosier this past football season decided to transfer because it became abundantly clear that he wouldn’t be receiving much playing time in 2018. Shirreffs graduated in three years with a 3.9 GPA, however Miami is blocking him from choosing 18 graduate programs including all ACC schools.

The move by Miami just displays the farce that major college football is about the sanctity of amateurism. Shirreffs did everything he could. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports has more on the matter.

The school has “blocked” him from transferring to any ACC school and five other nonconference opponents on the 2018 and 2019 schedules. If he doesn’t agree to Miami’s stipulations, Shirreffs won’t get financial aid — that free scholarship — next season at his next destination.

Unless, of course, Shirreffs eliminates those 18 schools from his list.

“If I don’t win the appeal, I won’t be able to go to some of the best MBA opportunities in the country,” Shirreffs said.

That list includes Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Boston College, all in the ACC.

Clearly Shirreffs isn’t going quietly into the night as he is appealing the decision and he seemingly brings up a good point be it an obvious one.

“I had no prior knowledge I would be blocked,” Shirreffs said.

“I knew they could block regular transfers, but not graduate transfers. I’d say that, ‘Yeah, in legal terms it’s a non-compete [clause]. I never signed a non-compete.”

“I don’t believe it is fair,” Shirreffs said of the transfer process. “I enjoyed my time at the University of Miami and I loved it. But I’ve completed all my academic requirements. I should be able to play wherever I choose to better myself athletically and academically.”

In this situation the young man Shirreffs is 100% correct. Who are we kidding? Is this really about educating people in getting an advanced degree, or is this protecting the sanctity of the myth of amateurism?

Miami is pulling a business move in this sense. It is afraid to set a precedent in this order and having issues in the future. The problem is that Shirreffs graduated early. Should he be forced to stay at the same school after he graduates? Seems kind of authoritarian.

Miami would look much better just letting Shirreffs do what he wants to do. He should be free to go to which ever graduate program he wants, just like everyone else would be allowed to do. But in the upside down world of major college athletics hypocrisy is the fuel and Miami is placing it up on a  neon billboard on I-95.

 

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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