I thought I’d list all of the transfer and departures from Ed during this tenure, and you can comment as to what impact they have had on the progress of the program. I defined departures as those players other than transfers who did not complete their eligibility at PSU. I’ve broken the list into two groups and my groupings are my own sense
Group I - Player initiated transfers/departures
Group 2 - Ed initiated Transfers/Departures
Wow. 15 transfer/departures in eight season. Sounds like a lot, and I’m pretty sure it’s more transfers than Jerry Dunn. But, to me, unlike Dunn, these transfers really don’t look like they hurt us very much. And none of the transfers looked like problems in the program until the three transfers in the 2009-2010 season. Jerry’s transfers proved to be a house falling apart. A lot of Ed’s transfers were more a -cleaning house or fixing recruiting mistakes.
Which transfers hurt us? I’m looking at this list and I’m seeing very few, if any. I would have loved to keep Riley-Smith. I first thought that Marlon’s transfer was a minus, but then I heard about his academic problems. so that may not have been such a loss.
Babb. Ott. Edwards - You would think on the surface we were hurt by those transfers, but would we really have been a better tea if they stayed? Babb played well down the stretch of that season, but was not happy. Ott was getting beat out late for playing time by Sasa. And Edwards, though he was athletic and passionate, made way too many dumb mistakes, which indicated to me why he wasn’t getting offers from other majors. If those three had stayed, Billy Oliver would have received very little playing time. Frazier’s may have been less, and he wouldn’t have developed the way he did. We also probably had seen very little of Jermaine Marshall. The contributions of Frazier. Oliver, and Marshall were plusses this season, and will be plusses over the next couple of seasons.
Nice to put this out in the x]context of a successful season.
So, had Ed’s transfers/departures hurt the program? In my mind, not really.