The controversy behind Shepard 's waiver was because Shepard stayed at Nebraska for another season after Connie Yori was fired and she left after that season to apply for the waiver. It wasn't a classic transfer situation at all.Not sure those are the best examples to use. Shepard's prior coach was fired (purportedly for being abusive), which is a classic transfer situation (and the reason for the waiver, we assume). Romero was an international student and I can't imagine Kansas was the easiest place to move to from Spain, and like Shepard, the coach who recruited her was also fired at the end of her frosh season. Thompson sat out her senior season at Stanford for a year and then grad transferred, but she played three full seasons for Stanford and sat out a year w/o a waiver.
And in any case, it seems pretty indisputable the volume of transfer portal activity has risen enormously in the past few seasons.