Florida president questions Jon Horford’s transfer

Originally posted on CollegeBasketballTalk:

In April, Jon Horford transferred out of Michigan. Within three weeks, he decided to enroll at Florida, and gained immediate eligibility thanks to the graduate transfer rule.

However, the president of his new university is against immediate eligibility for players who graduate. Here’s what University of Florida president Bernie Machen said regarding graduate transfers at SEC spring meetings on Friday, courtesy of CBS Sports.

“If they really wanted to transfer somewhere else, they should sit out a year,” Machen said Friday at the SEC spring meetings. “Why didn’t Horford stay at Michigan another year? Because he had a free pass.”

When asked why not give athletes the flexibility to transfer once they’ve accomplished the goal of graduating, Machen replied, “Go to grad school at Michigan. They have some pretty good grad schools. … It’s really just a way for a school to fill a void at the very last minute…

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