Loyalty from both the players and coaches is virtually non-existent today in college sports.
It’s every man for himself and it’s all due to the transfer portal which has ruined college athletics.
The latest example of this is what happened today with the surprise announcement that Ithiel Horton was transferring from Pitt.
Before I give my thoughts on this situation which might not be popular, I want to acknowledge that both players AND coaches are responsible for this transfer epidemic. In some cases, the program realizes they made a mistake on a kid or need another available scholarship, so they ENCOURAGE the player to move on. On the other side, a player leaves over unhappinesses over minutes, if a coach looks at them wrong, or if they think they’re Michael Jordan after one good season and want to move to a better program.
Whatever the case, the transfer portal is out of control and is a bad look for college athletics.
Speaking of bad looks, that’s exactly how I feel about Horton bailing on Pitt.
Yes, he bailed on Pitt.
I get it, he’s an adult and is free to make whatever decision that he believes is best for him. However, that doesn’t mean that this move isn’t able to be questioned.
Let’s remember, it was Capel and the Pitt program that had Horton’s back following his ill-timed arrest at the start of the season. No one knows exactly what happened that night, but Horton and the officers involved and some believe that Capel went out of his way to defend and protect Horton. Some coaches would’ve immediately thrown Horton off the team but Capel choose not to do that.
Despite that, Horton repays him by jumping ship.
Here’s something else that is confusing about this news. Playing time and a player’s role in an offense is another big reason for deciding to transfer. However, those two things didn’t exist with Horton at Pitt.
In the teams last eight games, guess who led the team in minutes and shots per game? Yeah, Ithiel Horton.
Minutes Per Game (Last 8 Games): Horton 35 minutes, Burton 33 minutes, Odukale 31 minutes, Gueye 31 minutes and Hugley 30 minutes.
Field Goals Attempted (Last 8 Games): Horton 89 shots, Hugley 84, Burton 80, Gueye 74 and Odukale 51.
I find it very, very unlikely that if Horton’s goal is to have more of a role on a major college program, that that will happen.
Hey, this isn’t a personal attack on Horton, instead yet another disappointing example of the lack of loyalty and commitment in todays college athletics.
The other sad part to this situation is there will probably be another story similar to this with a college athlete that makes the decision to transfer.
When will this end?