Jeff Monken on transfers

Army head coach Jeff Monken was asked this week about the amount of transfers in college football today. Here was his full response:

“I think it’s worth looking at and seeing how it all plays out. I think it’s, my opinion on that is you can trade schools and trade players and probably put together a good team. Our job as college coaches is to develop a good program where guys can grow and make it about the experience in the program. We’ve got a great school here. And there’s a lot of schools, I mentioned (Week 1 opponent) Rice. Rice is a tremendous academic institution. For a guy to be able to earn his degree from there and maybe find a different home for whatever reason that is. What I think is dangerous is guys that say, ‘Well I’m not the starting quarterback so I’m going to transfer. I’m not getting to play as many plays as I wanted or not playing the role that I wanted. I’m going to transfer.’ That just becomes a way for guys to be individuals and like the NFL game will go where it’s best for them. Doesn’t mean that’s the case for everybody. I want to make sure that here, we develop a good program, a program that our guys want to be a part of because they feel a sense of responsibility to each other and a sense of pride in representing West Point, this institution, the United States Army and when there’s that kind of buy-in, I think guys are less likely to go. And we’ve had guys transfer and leave. It doesn’t make them bad guys. It’s just what’s going to be best for them, and most of the decisions that our guys make to leave don’t have anything to do with football. It’s typically the other side of it. It’s academics, or it’s the military side, the commitment. But there’s guys that make those decisions based on football, and that’s just part of the game. It’s always been part of it. I also think on the side of the institutions and I’m sure that’s what the NCAA is evaluating — and there’s going to be some good hard looks at it as we get through it for a couple years — is what they want and to be able to have the experience they want in college. Whether that comes with a penalty, having to sit out and those kinds of things, that’s for somebody else to decide. But I think we should try to create opportunities for the young men and women who play sports to be able to have the best experience that they could possibly have, participating in the sport they love.”

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