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Monday, January 20, 2014

Oakland coach Greg Kampe unhappy with NCAA's graduate transfer rule

During last week's episode of "The Greg Kampe Show" on WDFN-AM (1130), the show's namesake and longtime Oakland coach Greg Kampe brought up a subject he and guest Tim McCormick agreed is an impediment on college basketball coaches and their programs — the NCAA's graduate transfer rule.
The NCAA currently permits student-athletes who have completed their undergraduate work to transfer schools — along with their remaining athletic eligibility, while retaining immediate eligibility for athletic competition.
Kampe stressed the time and money that is invested into student-athletes could all be for not if that player decides to take their talents to another program for their final season of eligibility. Kampe, though, has never lost a player to graduate transfer since the rule was put into place.
"It almost makes you not want to graduate your kids," Kampe said on the show. "Isn't that the opposite of what you want?"
After sharing his disdain for the waiver, Kampe admitted, if the right player came along, he would not rule out the possibility of ever accepting a graduate transfer at Oakland.
Kampe has a recent history of accepting transfer players from mid- and high majors: Larry Wright (St. John's); Reggie Hamilton (UMKC); Laval Lucas-Perry (Michigan); Duke Mondy (Providence); Ralph Hill (Dayton) and shortly thereafter, Tommie McCune (West Virginia).
Each of the aforementioned players sat out for one season during the typical probationary period for Division I transfers. 
Hamilton would have even been eligible as a graduate transfer himself to leave Oakland after a 2011 NCAA tournament appearance with possibly the best Division I Oakland team in program history.
Most recently, sharpshooter Travis Bader was eligible for a graduate transfer each of the past two offseasons after graduating in just three years, two of which coming after his red-shirt freshman season on the court.
Kampe has joked in the time since, saying "Where else is Bader going to get a green light to shoot 300 3s?"
Following suit, Bader has expressed his loyalty and gratitude to Oakland, the only Division I program to offer him a scholarship.
The next Oakland player likely to be eligible for a no-sit transfer would be senior Ryan Bass, who is back at the Rochester-area school, but not playing this season due to an undisclosed injury.
"I'm just trying to get Bass his degree," Kampe said via email. "Then, I'll worry about the next step."
Some other notable Oakland players who have been eligible for graduate transfer also include Keith Benson and Erik Kangas.


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