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Nonnewaugs Scott Meyer, left, was honored as the recipient of the 2024 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award at the CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet on May 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. (Courtesy of the CIAC)
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Nonnewaug boys soccer coach Toby Denman, left, and assistant coach Josh Kornblut address the team after a game last season. Denman says hes tried to learn how to be an effective coach by observing the ones hes played for and coached with. (Kyle Brennan)
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Nonnewaugs Ellie McDonald dribbles the ball during a game last season. McDonalds nickname is Smellie -- one of many Chief names that exist on the girls soccer team. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Kyle Viveros is ready on his toes, awaiting the ball. Viveros and Landon Parks took home the BL doubles title. (Courtesy of Sophia Cenatiempo)
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Chief Advocate editor-in-chief Izzy DiNunzio bids farewell after four years in Nonnewaugs journalism program. (Courtesy of Izzy DiNunzio)
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Deme Jones looks at students orphan portraits at Nonnewaug’s art show on June 6.
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The memorial for Chester Carruthers. (Courtesy of Find-a-Grave)
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Nonnewaug girls tennis seniors, from left, Maggie Keane, Skylar Chung, Maylan Hardisty, Kiley Stampp, Sam Duncan pose on their senior night. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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Nonnewaug freshmen discuss their worries about the testing, including potential AP exams, they have to take next year.
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Transfer Portal Wreaking Havoc in College Sports

The evolution of the transfer portal threatens to change the landscape of college sports. (Courtesy of Ben Hershey/Unsplash)

In the evolving landscape of college sports, the transfer portal has become both a beacon of hope and a source of uncertainty for student-athletes across the nation. 

Recent statistics show light on the complex journey many athletes undertake when they enter the transfer portal. According to a report by the NCAA, a significant portion of those who enter the portal face various outcomes.

Among the key findings, 54% of athletes reported enrolling at a new school, signaling a successful transition for a majority. However, for 41% of athletes, the path forward could be clearer. 

For some, the journey through the transfer portal culminates in unexpected opportunities.

“Entering the transfer portal was a difficult decision, but ultimately, it led me to a new home where I can continue to pursue my passion for football,” said Daron Bryden, the former Bloomfield High School quarterback who recently found a new Division II school after leaving Stony Brook, a Division I FCS team. “The process was challenging.”

The business of college sports seems to change by the month. In the past, athletes in major sports usually had to sit out a year if they transferred schools, and college athletes getting paid by anyone connected to sports was forbidden. Now, mass transfers and Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) payments to student-athletes are the norm. In May, the NCAA struck an agreement for the first time to allow schools to directly pay athletes. All of these changes are related to lawsuits against the NCAA.

Still, some athletes, like Bryden, said economics don’t play a role in their decision to switch schools.

“I never imagined I’d find myself in the transfer portal,” says Bryden, who now attends Emporia State in Kansas. “None of my decision was based on NIL … it came down to coaching.”

The transfer portal isn’t a magic fix. Challenges persist for a significant portion of athletes, with 33% still needing a destination as they navigate the uncertainty of their future.

“I think the transfer portal can be good but is being abused,” says Carson Buck, a Nonnewaug senior who follows college sports. “On one hand, it offers athletes the opportunity to explore new options, but now with NIL, it has become a free agency and is being abused.”

About the Contributor
Ben Roden '24
Ben Roden '24, Reporter
Ben Roden is a sports writer for the Chief Advocate. Ben lives in Woodbury and is a senior at Nonnewaug, He plays football and basketball for Nonnewaug. He enjoys writing about sports and school events.
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