The Good News About Athlete Transfers

I bet the transfers miss a few things about Oregon

Oregon Duck football linebacker Anthony Wallace is leaving the team, and I’m happy to hear it.¬† It’s not that I have anything against Wallace.¬† I, in fact, know very little about him.¬† I also recognize that any loss of talent is probably a detriment to the program.¬† What I like about this departure is what it suggests about the current team and its coach.

Athletes often transfer because they aren’t getting the playing time that they had hoped for.¬† Not every athlete gets the time in the starting rotation that they all hope for.¬† The Ducks are strong at linebacker, so¬†Wallace’s transfer¬†shouldn’t be a huge shock.¬† Wallace has contributed, suggesting he has talent, but thirteen tackles in two years also sounds like a lot of special teams work.¬†¬†In the absence of significant playing time,¬†he wants to head back to Texas.¬† I get that.

What I like when I hear of an athlete transfering is the suggestion that Chip Kelly is honest with his athletes.¬† I want a coach¬†who doesn’t string his athletes along with promises of snaps to come.¬† That leads to discontent and a lack of trust.¬† I believe, under the Kelly era, I have seen more transfers than I ever have before.¬† Sometimes it’s cause for concern — like all the exodus of running backs a couple of years ago.¬† But I think these departures lead to more team unity and suggest that Kelly’s players know that they’re being told the truth.¬† See, there is a silver lining to every cloud.

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Gabe Judah

Gabe Judah

Gabe Judah is a high school educator, two time UofO graduate, a frenzied father of two, a fortunate husband of one, and a thoughtful fan of Duck athletics. While at the UofO, Gave pitched for the club baseball team, but perhaps his greatest contribution to Oregon sports was when he helped a Sporting News All-American safety pass a 200 level Spanish class.