Chip: College recruiting battles never end in the transfer portal era


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Nov 11, 2008
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per Chip:

The recruiting circus, er, circuit in college athletics returned to normal this week after a pandemic disruption. Camps, AAU tournaments, campus visits and a whole lot of face-to-face salesmanship and schmoozing are back at full steam.

Coaches and recruits are developing relationships and trying to find the right fit. Summer events serve as auditions. Must be strange though, during this delicate dance, to know the transfer rate for college athletes keeps climbing higher and higher.

The first stop is no longer the last stop for many athletes. More like a layover until they reach their destination, putting a new twist on the saying, "It's not where you start but where you finish."

Here are rounded-off totals for Division I athletes who entered the transfer portal this year: 2,400 in FBS-level football, 2,770 in men's basketball and 1,660 in women's basketball.

Go Gophers!!

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