Yes you're right Pathetic is too strong of a word. I should have said "threads with agendas", which is more accurate. I believe GOUCI starts these threads to highlight how great UCI is, what with their all-American team full of appropriately aged girls. It thinks that it can make its own candle burn brighter by blowing out the ones around it.
As far as the comment on the girl transferring from UVA, the part you consider "ripping" is my opinion. The disclaimer is because I have no idea if my opinion is accurate and I didn't want to insinuate that my opinion was based on anything other than speculation. Opinions are what these boards are about, or so I thought.
Agenda is great word
As far as the UVA thing and coaches, it is so hard to analyze coaches depending on the situation they are in. The coach at UVA has delivered whereever he has been so I applaud him. Clearly there is high expectation but also very high skill level needed. Whether it is skill or culture, if the young lady is not playing or uncomfortable how can you fault either party.
Having said that, I think there are a variety of reasons for transfers:
a) Coach with high expectation... it is a well paying job for 18-23 year olds
b) Athlete who has achieved goal of getting scholarship but does not desire further pressure
c) Athlete not happy. This is big problem with these really early commits or where so many tennis kids want the big name school. But get there and realize the pressure or their ability just is not the level it takes. May be in line up but their not happy losing a lot.
d) Athlete struggling academically or prefers a better academic opportunity.
e) Athlete is # 7-8 and does not want to sit on the bench (in 95% of cases, I certainly hope so... in other team sports this is the # 1 reason for transfers). No athlete should be satisfied sitting; if they realize they just are not going to be able to break into line up then they should be seeking other options.
f) Program/coach with low expectation and the athlete wants better. Yes, there are a good number of tennis coaches who previously were those local teaching pros. Not much talent and it is an easy pay check.
g) And one reason that really p*sses me off: The int'l athlete that thinks this is a four year vacation and wants to experience several parts of the country. I know of at least one placement firm that sells kids on 'going here and then transfer someplace else so you can experience ...'. This one is just wrong.
I am sure there are more. Is there really a right or wrong... unless there is proven abuse.
That Wisconsin situation seems to encompass so tough coaching, some serious accusations but potentially one or more girls who have failed to meet expectations and are lashing out. Who knows.
Comparing transfers are like comparing coaches. Coaches have so many differenct environments that it's difficult to compare. The Stanford coach does not recruit, she chooses. UCLA, Duke, UNC, Florida have such different levels of resources, ability to attract kids regardless of their own ability and strong cultures where the athletes coming in know what is expected. How do you compare those to mid majors or even the partially funded/no scholarship programs. I guess you look at those that have improved their programs but there is not really an apples to apples comparison between Stanford and # 323.
Having said that, I do raise my own eyebrow when a pattern develops of many transfers out... or many transfers in.
I know of one Pac 10 program right now where I have heard (2nd hand) that multiple other Pac 10 coaches are fed up with one particular program who has an assistant that is constantly trying to get kids to transfer in... either directly or sending his players to do the work. That is wrong. Others have pointed out a couple of Texas schools that have a high pattern of incoming transfers also.
But I will add that it's not just one or two, but a pattern that would make me go hmmmmmmmmm?