The NCAA Needs a Coaches "Sit Out" Rule: Pt 1

Chad FaganContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Lane Kiffin the Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers is pictured during the SEC game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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So Lane Kiffin bailed for USC after one year at Tennessee...Brian Kelly got a Cincinnati team to a BCS Bowl game and a top 3 ranking, only to leave before the bowl game to go to Notre Dame.  Cincinnati turns around and hires Butch Jones who led Central Michigan to a top 25 ranking.  Houston Nutt left Arkansas for Ole Miss.  John Calipari leaves Memphis four days after the NCAA tournament for Kentucky.

I don't think any person out there would jump at a better job.  But whose expense?  We are talking about the lives of 18 year olds.  Yes, 18 year olds that are pressured, recruited, called, texted, emailed.  Come here, go here, do this, try that...this is going to be the best program in the nation...well, until I go take this other job and leave you here.

If an athlete wants to transfer to another school, they are mandated to sit a year.  College athletics aren't made from the players, but from the coaches...

A coach, under contract, should have to sit that same year before taking another D1 job...and take any sanctions with them.

Maybe that will be the only thing that prevents coaches tampering in the NCAA...

(how will this work?  tune in to part 2 tomorrow)