Football: There's no end to transfers [Updated]
For those who thought things might quiet down on the transfer front once school began, forget it. There's a new, unpredictable development under way _ athletes moving in the middle of the sports season.
OCVarsity.com reports that Syd Reynolds, who started for Tesoro at cornerback in the first two games, transferred to San Clemente and played last week against Dana Hills.
Running back Damon Riggins, who played for Oaks Christian in its first three games, transferred to Encino Crespi earlier this week and practiced with the Celts while attending class. On Thursday, Oaks Christian Athletic Director Jan Hethcock said Riggins re-enrolled at Oaks Christian and is eligible to play for the Lions. Thanks, Crespi, for the hospitality.And Erik Bunte, a lineman at Santa Margarita, transferred to Mission Viejo after playing in the first two games for the Eagles. The Southern Section is deciding whether to grant immediate eligibility.
Under CIF rules, if you move your residence, you're usually eligible immediately.
And don't forget about all the athletes who left St. Bernard after the varsity football program was dropped and the school changed the way it figures out financial aid. L.A. Cathedral took in more than 10 of the St. Bernard football players.
Transfers have become part of the fabric of high school sports in Southern California. Switching teams in the middle of the season is an ominous, worrisome development.
Just wait until basketball season.-- Eric Sondheimer