Mailbag 4/18: Thoughts on Michael Bradley’s Transfer

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question: Dom, any insight on Michael Bradley’s decision to transfer?  With the departures of Drummond and Oriahki it looks like he had a real chance to play next season.

Tom

San Francisco

A: It seems kind of a shame, actually, Tom, because Michael Bradley has worked extremely hard the last two years, though he has not played. One would think that next year, with the Huskies’ front court wide open, he would have the opportunity he has worked for. He has an ailing grandmother in Tennessee and has told UConn officials he would like to be able to visit her. It is still possible he could stay, though he has visited Western Kentucky and may be interested in Georgia State.

If Bradley transfers, he may have to sit out a year and have two years of eligibility instead of three, though it is possible he could be granted a hardship waiver because of the family issue and play right away. 

 

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17 thoughts on “Mailbag 4/18: Thoughts on Michael Bradley’s Transfer

  1. Husky fan

    Dom, do you get any sense that it has anything to do with the way the Andre Drummond situation was handled? I would imagine that giving up his scholarship was a tough pill for him to swallow to begin with, undoubtedly made easier however by the hope he was making a sacrafice for a repeat champtionship. But now with the benefit of hindsight and seeing how little impact Drummond really had on the season, is it possible there’s some bitternes toward the coaches for so pushing him to give up his scholarship? I know Drummond ultimately did the walk on thing so Bradley didn’t need to give it up, but I’d feel a little used and abused if I was him.

      1. Husky fan

        @ Peter Stoll: I understand that, but it wasn’t until the compliance office figured things out at the last minute. Before that, he was going to have to give it up.

        Even if he ultimately kept it, the fact that he was even asked could lead to some bitter feelings.

        And I’ll ask it again… can anyone recall another situation in all of college athletics in which a kid’s scholarship was going to be taken away solely to make space for another more talented player?

        The most frustrating thing, again, is how poorly Drummond worked out in the end. That move was justified by the fact that Drummond would be a game changer and, well, a game changer he was not.

        1. Al

          “can anyone recall another situation in all of college athletics in which a kid’s scholarship was going to be taken away solely to make space for another more talented player?”
          Yes, the entire Kentucky roster was overturned when Coach Cal arrived. It happens all the time, as the scholarships are for 1 year and are renewable by the school.

          1. Husky fan

            Right, Al, but NOT in late August. Coach Cal wasn’t pulling scholarships a couple months before the the season started.

            And again, the situations entirely different. That’s because there’s a new incoming coach… not because a new incoming player suddenly became available.

          2. Husky fan

            Also, Coach Cal didn’t actually “pull” the scholarships… he just told certain players they likely wouldn’t get much PT.

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    1. Alex Oriakhi

      That was completely bs to take a scholarship away from a kid who has worked his tail off for the last two year. That was ugly. He is not my son but I felt his pains as a father. I hate oppression & abuse of power. It becomes personal to watched another human being treated less than dog to gain fame & fortune

  2. Dwotruth

    Used and abused says it all. Does anyone seriously believe that Bradley wasn’t told he had to “sacrifice for the good of the team” for Drummond. Would you be bitter and want to get out of town even if you had to sit out a year? You betcha. Calhoun may win but he’s still scum.

    1. Jones

      Seriously? Drummond’s commitment is what happens at every major program in every collegiate sport. Sorry to bust your fairy tale world, but there isn’t a single collegiate program that says “sorry, we’re good” when the #1 rated high school player tells them they want to play there. They find room however you need to, whether you’re UNC, Georgetown, Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga, etc. But way to get a cheap shot in ignoramus!

      1. Husky fan

        Jones, name one instance where a player had a scholarship yanked away after it was already given to him, simply because a better player suddenly became available?

        I love the huskies and I’m a realist, but that whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. There need to be some bounds of propriety.

  3. rev kevin loughran

    Could be that Bradley felt used and abused, could be that he has an ailing grandmother and wants to be near here. He’s a young man so that makes sense.

    Given the schools that he’s looking at it could also be that he realizes he’s still not quite ready to play and contribute as a big in the Big East. Any way I wish him well. Would love to see him stay and give it a try – just because he got used and abused by Drummond and Oriakhi in practice – that’s who used and abused him I’m sure – doesn’t mean he won’t perform well enough to contribute in games. I’m sure Hilton Armstrong was often used and abused by Emeka and Josh Boone and Charlie among others – made himself into a millionaire by sticking around.

  4. DCHusky

    I don’t understand why Bradley would have to sit a year if he transfers while everyone is saying that Oriakhi won’t have to sit a year because of UConn being ineligibe for the tournament. The inconsistency doesn’t make sense unless it has something to do with the fact that Bradley never played for this year’s team.

    1. damore Post author

      You don’t have to sit if you have only one year of eligibility left, like Alex Oriakhi. A player with more than one year would have to sit, unless he obtained a waiver.

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