I find the whole transfer thing/experience with OSU/Alabama vs *ichigan interesting as it's a bit of a view into the mentality of the programs. I think the actions taken by Ohio State and Alabama show the programs as very confident in their abilities to field competitive teams. They're not going to block a player who wishes to take his talents elsewhere, and in fact will help them, because they know they will be fine going forward. Perhaps a rising tide thought process, etc.
*ichigan/Harbaugh on the other hand...the actions perhaps suggest a mindset of low confidence in their ability to field competitive teams. You want to transfer? Fine. Good luck. We're not helping you.
I dunno, just my $0.02.