Yeah, I bring the 30 transfers up not as a subliminal dig or anything. It's certainly a recruiting option that teams like Chattanooga and ETSU can use more than Furman and Wofford. Transfers are probably more progressed than freshmen coming in. Having lots of transfers doesn't necessarily make a team "better" (which is why people at the FCS level who complain about them get an eye roll from me), but I think it does put a floor on how bad you are.
Todd Arth was not the right coach for Chattanooga, but because he had a solid nucleus from the Huesman days and because he could recruit a couple transfers, Chattanooga looked painfully mediocre, as opposed to terrible. And now that they have a decent coach, it looks like they're back to Huesman era caliber.
Which, I hate, because we lost, but it's good for the socon in the long term. Iron sharpens iron, etc.