In the second part of the four-part series with CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod, the Long Beach Press telegram asks Wigod about transfers. “There’s a thought that the new rules would change the numbers of transfers, and that was never the issue,” says Wigod. “There’s going to be a lot of transfers every year — I call it the flood. The question is, do you manage it, or try to calm it down? For us to stop the numbers the rules would have to be made to be so much more restrictive. Politically, that’s not a direction we’re going to go in. So instead, you have to find a way to manage it and make it work.”
@SGVNSports Thanks for humanizing the bureaucracy we know as "CIF". NIce to know they're not a monolithic entity when it comes to transfers
— Don P (@DPN010) September 18, 2013
On the athletically motivated rule and how it’s interpreted ..
“We’re in an interesting spot,” says Wigod. “Our section voted clearly to get rid of that language — unfortunately, there wasn’t the support state-wide. Is every transfer athletically motivated? Well we get paperwork on every single student, so it obviously has something to do with athletics. We’re not naïve to believe that athletics aren’t a part of it. That’s why, by definition, it’s a case-by-case thing.”
When Wigod was introduced as CIF-SS commissioner in 2011, he was asked if he had a definition of what is an athletically motivation transfer. His short answer, “I do not.”