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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football legend David Pollack is all about student-athletes rights, but he’s no fan of the current application of the NCAA transfer portal.

“I think the people at the NCAA need to have some more consistency,” Pollack, the most decorated UGA defensive player in history, told DawgNation. “The transfer thing drives me nuts.

“I’m more about stay and fight, so Justin Fields, I don’t get that,” Pollack said. “I get that Jake Fromm is really good, but I’m the type of person, I never thought about running from competition. I always thought about competing and getting better, so I think it’s kind of a strange situation.”

Fields, the 5-star prospect who transferred to Ohio State after backing up Fromm at quarterback last season, was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA

Pollack, a sure-fire College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2020 who was a three-time All-American and two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year, isn’t clear on how some players are gaining immediately eligibility after transfers, and others aren’t.

“Fields versus Luke Ford, guys that were at Georgia, what determines who gets it (immediate eligibility)?” Pollack said. “Somebody’s family is sick (Ford’s grandfather), or somebody has a reason to go back home and they get a ‘no,’ and somebody else that doesn’t really have a reason gets a ‘yes.’ That drives you nuts for the kids.

“Some people get waivers, some people don’t, and it makes absolutely no sense.”

Ford recently lost an appeal for immediate eligibility, despite being represented by highly acclaimed attorney Thomas Mars.

Pollack, a popular member of the ESPN College GameDay crew, wants to see the NCAA standardize its transfer policy.

“The rules of the transfer portal are either concrete or they’re not, they are X, or they are Y,” Pollack said. “There’s always going to be a stipulation, there’s always going to be a reason, so I would love to see more consistency from the NCAA.

“Or,” Pollack suggested, “make it judiciary, where it could be voted upon. It just seems they pick and choose who they want to help.”

Pollack said he’s fine with graduate transfers gaining immediately eligibility.

“Graduate transfers don’t bother me at all, because it means that person stayed and got their degree and they fought for a little while, they fought for their team for years, they worked hard, and they tried,” Pollack said.

“Maybe they’re in a situation where they need to go somewhere else, like Jalen Hurts. Is that not a perfect situation to be in the transfer portal? I think it’s a perfect one.

“You’ve worked hard, you helped your team accomplish a lot of things, they brought in a superstar at your spot, you’re not going to play because you’re a quarterback, and if you’re going to go somewhere else for a year, that makes sense for me.”
 

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An observation of mine ...

Is this irony? I stumbled across this tweet a few minutes ago from Dan Wolken. Note the last few words, "it's insulting."

If I may point out something here...David, offers his opinion on the transfer situation(s) around the NCAA. It's his opinion, right?

Now, compare that to Wolken who was tasked with shaping the opinion of collegiate football fans when asked by Currie to portray the UT coaching search in a positive light.

One one hand, offering opinion. On the other, shaping opinion. Which is insulting?

 

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David has it right. But so much of what the ncaa does really is arbitrary and lacks consistency
Don't know about the " insulting " part.
 

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Agree with Pollack. I said it before this was simply the NCAA knowing their reign is about over with the transformation of college football. They see the end coming and are simply fighting for revenue purposes. "Hey, let's remain a player, but not go as far as destroying our position in earning, so allow a lot more, but still try and be a governing body until college football wisens up fully".
 

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I suggest Dan Wolken do his homework and prove Pollack wrong. Surely this guy knows that a lot of football fans are watching these transfer portals closely and "arbitrary" at best is what this whole thing does feel like. The musical chairs with QBs alone from Georgia and Ohio State would be perfect to dig in and investigate. They all left for the same reason, supposedly, someone better was in front of them and they both got immediate playing time somewhere else. I would love to hear about all the hardship surrounding these guys that got that done. The fact no one has heard that story makes it highly "arbitrary" until someone can prove otherwise. That's you, Dan Wolken.
 

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Wolken is wrong so much that "Wolken Wrong" is a recognized level right above "asshat wrong" on the scale of wrongness

I actually agree with Pollack which in and of itself is a scary thing
 

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