For public officials, the temptation is always to do what's politically popular now, and worry about the consequences later. West Virginia officials succumbed to that temptation twice recently, and the only question now is when the problems will begin.
On Tuesday, the state's Secondary School Activities Commission voted to allow student-athletes to transfer to the school of their choice without restriction, provided they do so within the first 11 days of the academic year. After that, they can still transfer, but must become legal residents of the district in which they want to play.
The move opens the way for public-school coaches to recruit student athletes to strengthen their programs and for athletes' parents to seek out programs that would provide better opportunities for college scholarships. At a time when young people should be insulated from all that, they'll be thrown into the midst of it instead. We can only hope the state school board will exercise its veto power over this wrong-headed proposal.