Tech golf adds transfer

Georgia Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler has supplemented his roster with a transfer. Drew Czuchry will be eligible to play in the fall for Tech after transferring from Akron.

Czuchry appears capable of helping out the team, which lost three key members to graduation. The Yellow Jackets won their third consecutive ACC championship and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country. Czuchry was the highest-ranked player from Georgia in the 2010 class by the American Junior Golf Association and 26th in the country. Czuchry will have three years of eligibility remaining.

I hadn’t realized until today (Wednesday) that an athlete could transfer and play immediately. I knew of one exception, that if an athlete graduates with eligibility remaining, he can transfer to another school to pursue a graduate degree and play right away (for example, Russell Wilson of N.C. State/Wisconsin and Greg Paulus of Duke/Syracuse).

I can think of another exception regarding family illness. You may remember former Tech safety Mario Edwards left Virginia Tech following the 2007-08 school year and played for Georgia Tech starting in the fall of 2008. He transferred because of an illness in Edwards’ family that compelled him to move closer to his home (College Park). The NCAA granted him a waiver that cleared him to play and the ACC’s 12 schools also had to unanimously approve it, since the move was within the conference.

What I didn’t know, and hopefully you find this interesting, is that the sit-out-one-year rule is (almost) airtight only for football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey. In all other sports, athletes can play immediately if their original school releases them from their scholarship, they’ve never transferred before and they’ve met academic requirements. NCAA rules link here. It lists a few other exceptions, the most prominent being an athlete can play immediately if his/her original school drops his/her sport. I’m sure you know this already, but Georgia State received a football player from Northeastern (Jocquez Fears) that way last year.

If you were aware of this rule, my congratulations to you. What is kind of interesting is that the rationale for the “required residence” (i.e., sit out a year) rule is that the NCAA wants to “encourage an academic focus” since research indicates that athletes who stay at one school have a higher graduation rate than athletes who transfer. I’d be curious to know what research indicates about how graduation rates are impacted when coaches leave one school for another.

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Timothy Briley

June 29th, 2011
6:18 pm

Don’t forget that Tashard Choice came to Tech from Oklahoma via medical hardship.

Worm

June 29th, 2011
6:55 pm

Tech Golf and baseball have alot in common..They are always ranked high and put players in the Majors and pro Tours, but they’ve never won the big one.

Biff Pocoroba

June 29th, 2011
6:58 pm

Baseball players can switch teams without sitting out a year unless they transfer within the conference. The ACC and SEC have rulels on this but not the NCAA. Tennis players transfer all the time. Tech has lost several players to teams out west since they won the national championship. If a player can’t be #1 on the team, they can just leave and go somewhere else the next season.

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Beavis McCann

June 29th, 2011
7:33 pm

Biff — the baseball rule changed. You have to sit out now. Why guys who transfer now go to jucos.

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PerimeterCenterJacket

June 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

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PerimeterCenterJacket

June 29th, 2011
9:57 pm

Worm…so like VT in football?

Douglas C. Neidermayer

June 30th, 2011
10:56 am

Pretty sure that Stewart Cink transferred to Tech from Auburn the same way.

Steven Blackwood

June 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

Tech baseball: Micah Owings transferred from Tech to Tulane and did not sit out a year. I believe the reason for not having to sit out was because it was not an ACC/SEC school. Is it no longer case dependent, or now is an ACC/SEC transfer rule?

JM

June 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

the reason for the lack of limits for the non-revenue generating sports, is that they don’t generate revenue and there’s no monetary reason for players to be “recruited” by other schools.

yellowfever

July 2nd, 2011
10:13 pm

worm is an ahole

killerj

July 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

Hey Wormy,lets not forget the real one that counts,GT- 4 national championship,s in football to the Pound Puppies 1.”Have a good day loser”.