The University of Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan has been taking some serious heat recently after putting very detailed stipulations on the transfer of one of his current players. Maybe Coach Ryan is going a little overboard on this but it should be noted that he is not breaking any NCAA rules.
Most coaches don’t go to this extreme for fear that it may hurt future recruiting efforts but he is still acting within his rights and within the rules.
Those who are the most upset at this should be much more upset with the NCAA than they are with Bo Ryan.
Players transfer all the time. Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA and many others have all had players leave. Just this week a player has transferred from UCONN’s women’s team, the most successful women’s program in the country for the last several years. It is just impossible to please everyone all of the time!
If you are a player who understands the game and has a fairly high basketball IQ then I can almost guarantee that you are not going to always agree with your coach. The same is true if you are not your team’s best player. Nearly every athlete can list a couple things that they would like to change about their coach. However, the more successful the coach, the least likely he is going to change anything because he is going to take the attitude of “If it’s not broke why fix it?”
Knowing this, don’t waste your time whining and complaining about things that every athlete has to deal with. So your coach isn’t perfect! So what! So he doesn’t do everything the way you (or your parents) think he should do them. So what! That’s been part of the game since James Naismith nailed up the very first peach basket.
Instead of worrying about what your coach is or isn’t doing, worry about what you can be doing to improve your game and strengthen your skill sets. There are many, many things you can do to elevate your game, especially this time of year, regardless of what your coach is doing or not doing. If you need some suggestions go through the articles and other resources here on the HoopSkills website. I promise that as your skills improve, and as your playing time and scoring average increases, your coach will suddenly “get better” as well!