The transfer portal has been a seismic shift to college football. Never before has the player had the ability to notify his school, and the rest of the NCAA, of his intent to transfer, thus allowing other schools to contact him.

It’s made coaches jobs harder, and on a personal level it’s fine to dislike anything that makes your job more difficult.

But don’t turn the portal into a sky-is-falling sign of the apocalypse. And don’t, for the love of God, say there isn’t a transfer portal in the real world.

The transfer portal absolutely exists in the real world. This very website you’re reading right now is a transfer portal. According to 2018 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in four (22 percent) American workers had been with their employer for a year or less. A 2015 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Center found that three in eight (37.2 percent) of college students transfer during the course of their higher educational careers.

So, yes, people transfer from one job to the next, one school to the next all the time in the real world. And plenty of people have been quite eager to point that out to Tucker.

The point here is not to dunk on Tucker. Multiple players have left Colorado since his Dec. 5 arrival, and he said Tuesday he understands their decision to leave and wishes them well. He’s not the first coach to use the, “Wait until you get to theĀ realĀ world!” line, but hopefully he is the last.

Coaches, it’s fine to dislike the transfer portal. But don’t use it to teach a real-world lesson that the real world doesn’t actually teach.

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.