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May 29, 2013

Part of the business

UNLV fans have no right to be upset with the decision by Katin Reinhardt transfer.

There, I said it. It hasn't been said much in the past few days by either the fans or the media. Reinhardt has taken a beating for leaving Las Vegas after being entrusted with the keys to its beloved basketball team.

But I definitely don't think it's fair, especially coming from Runnin' Rebel fans.

Do I think it was the right decision on Reinhardt's behalf? Do I think that he had outside influences that helped make a poor decision? Did he throw away a golden opportunity to become the face of UNLV hoops and, thus, the face of Las Vegas sports? No. Yes. And yes.

You would certainly believe that any player with as much freedom and trust from a head coach would be pleased with their situation and choice in schools, much less a freshman. Unfortunately, everything that was given to him must not be what he's looking for in a basketball program. And whatever he's looking for, I certainly hope he retains it.

Whether it's USC, the supposed favorite to land Reinhardt, Oregon, Cal Northridge or Cal Bakersfield, it doesn't matter. I hope he finds exactly what he's looking for.

See, Rebel fans have no right to complain about any of what is going on. Should they maybe feel spurned considering Reinhardt was quoted less than a month ago as saying how much he loves UNLV and will be a Rebel for life? Of course, they should.

But, as we all know, college basketball is big business. It's a business for the players, coaches and universities. If this was a business decision by Reinhardt, I can't argue that this is what he feels is the best for he and his family.

The real reason that Rebel fans should be willing to take this business decision and move on quickly is due to the fact that UNLV has basically become SCU, or Second Chance University.

Look over the course of the past 15 years and you'll see an abundance of transfers that have come to the Rebels and contributed heavily. Some of the best players UNLV has had recently have been transfers - Mike Moser, Chace Stanback, Tre Willis and Kevin Kruger.

Hell, the most ironic part of the whole situation is that Reinhardt would likely of been the only non-transfer in UNLV's starting rotation next season - Khem Birch (Pitt), Roscoe Smith (UConn), DeVille Smith (Mississippi State) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (USC). Don't forget that he would've been battling another transfer, Jelan Kendrick (Memphis), for playing time at the guard position.

Do you see how this seems a little hypocritical? Maybe, just maybe, Reinhardt felt a little bit out of place and wanted to try this whole transfer thing out himself. It is the "in" thing to do right now in college basketball.

If you google "college basketball transfer list 2013", you'll find a list of names so long that it could probably span the globe at least a couple times.

Reinhardt put his name on that list this weekend, and sadly, he has quickly become the poster child for what's wrong with the collegiate game today. Nobody wrote that scathing article whenever Birch, Kendrick, Dejean-Jones or Roscoe and DeVille Smith made changes to their surroundings. And I definitely know that Rebel fans weren't complaining about the situation.

Remember Rebel fans, you can't throw rocks whenever your entire roster is made of glass.



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