Analysis: Time to embrace "free agency" in college football

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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is carried off the field by his teammates after defeating Alabama 46-41 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa , Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NEW YORK, NY – For all the griping from coaches and administrators about the so-called transfer epidemic in college sports, the increased movement of players has done more good than harm for the people who are supposed to matter most: The Players.

Just look at the front row Saturday night when the Heisman Trophy is handed out in New York. All three quarterbacks up for the award — LSU's Joe Burrow, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and Ohio State's Justin Fields — transferred to their current schools. They not only blossomed as players, they developed as people.

Don't try telling any of them they took the easy way out by switching schools.

“We've all had obviously different situations, but I think perseverance and pushing though adversity is a commonality in this,” Burrow said.

Burrow, Hurts Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young met briefly Friday with the media at a hotel across the street from the theater where the Heisman will be presented.

Burrow is the heavy favorite to win. If he does, that will make it three consecutive years the Heisman will go to a transfer quarterback, following Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.

Fretting about free agency coming to college football is a waste of time. It's here. And it's not hurting anybody.

The NCAA has taken steps in recent years to give athletes more freedom to transfer while also allowing for greater opportunity to become immediately eligibility. That is a good thing, but nothing comes without unintended consequences. And, of course, more needs to be done.