Coach_billyg, I was at LMU and applied for Pittsburgh, Washington St. and Oregon and was rejected by all three.....my loyalty dropped from A+ to A......this is what I found in the Players Guide:
Loyalty is determined simply by how loyal to your schools you have been during the course of your career. Your loyalty will begin at a B- with your first school. Every year that you remain at your current school, your loyalty rating will improve. Any time you leave your school, even for a program that is considered superior, your loyalty rating will take a hit. You will also receive a very minor loyalty hit for applying to jobs, even if you are not hired, but this will usually not be significant enough to change your letter grade. The amount that your loyalty drops depends largely on how long you have been at your current school, and if the school is considered a step up, a lateral move, or a step down. For point of reference, if you have been at a school long enough to achieve an A+ loyalty, and move to a school that is considered a step up, you will generally drop to an A- or B+. If you are stepping down a level, it is entirely possible that your loyalty will drop all the way to an F. If taking a job that is a step backwards, be sure you are prepared to stay there for a multitude of seasons.
maybe its just my bad luck or the fact I wasnt a "solid" A+, if that matters. My agent did refer to them as "lateral" moves but I still disagree. In real life, that move isn't lateral, well maybe when Paul Westhead was coaching at LMU.....LOL