Posted by bistiza on 12/11/2013 2:13:00 PM (view original):
The point of loyalty is to keep some people from constantly jumping between programs and trying to win based upon the work other coaches have done before them (it happened a lot back when the game first started). So when you ask "how does this make sense," well, you jumped from a program to another at the same level, which carries the stiffest penalty when it comes to loyalty for the reason I mentioned.
I have no idea how long it will take for the loyalty to go back up the usual way, but I've heard (unconfirmed by me) if you leave the world for a season and then rejoin, you'll be back at a "baseline" loyalty, meaning you can jump to D2 from your present situation.
I've even heard of some people who have left a world for several seasons being able to jump to DI from DII FASTER than if they had played their seasons more recently.
i think you misunderstood the effect - if you leave the world and come back, your loyalty doesnt get better. what you can gain this way is not taking a loyalty hit. you can drop your team and pick up another team, through quitting completely, and get that job without any change in loyalty. but if you have crap loyalty this does not let you game your way to a different job. also, after a number of seasons off there seems to be a lowering of thresholds to try to get coaches to come back. i think this may take 5 seasons? at that point you can get jobs, only during the jobs period, that you should never be able to get. then after jobs, during the free enrollment, you are back to your normal qualification level. im not sure how this effect works with respect to loyalty and reputation, i know it eases things on the qualifications side, but im not sure about loyalty/rep.