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Krzyzewski: No exceptions to transfer rule

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN.com that all players transferring to another school should either be forced to sit out a year or play immediately.

He believes it should be an all-or-nothing approach.

"Giving certain kids the right to play and others not the right to play, it should be done the same," Krzyzewski said. "If they want to let everybody play right away, then let everybody play right away. Everybody should be treated the same. I don't understand why there are exceptions to this rule."

Krzyzewski made the comment in light of the NCAA's apparent inconsistency about its transfer policy in which it allows some waivers.

Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon was allowed to play at Memphis immediately when he transferred after being accused of sexual assault.

However, former Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles was denied his appeal to play immediately at Minnesota. Buckles had to sit out a year after transferring to Florida International. He tore his ACL twice in three years at Louisville. When Florida International was banned from the postseason for having a low APR rating, Buckles followed coach Richard Pitino to Minnesota, where he appealed to play immediately.

Buckles was denied the appeal even though former Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi was approved in his transfer to Missouri and FIU's Malik Smith to Minnesota.

"I'm just blown away by it," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "It makes no sense. It's amazing the NCAA can do this."

In another case, the NCAA would not allow freshman Kerwin Okoro to play immediately after transferring from Iowa State to Rutgers to be closer to his family as he was dealing with the deaths of his brother and father. However, the NCAA last week reversed its decision and allowed Okoro to play without having to sit out a season.
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