Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Reason #451 to Hate the NCAA

Iowa quarterback Drew Tate completed a feat more rare than leading the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl (to be fair, Iowa was there as recently as 15-years ago). Tate hit a hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament last week, entitling him to $25,000 toward the purchase of a new car.

But instead of barreling down the Iowa highways on a new Harley-Davidson, Tate is ineligible for the prize because it violates NCAA rules. Yeah, because that has been a huge problem in the NCAA over the years were groups of players have been routinely sinking holes-in-one and collecting prize money because it is just that easy.

And of course, there is no way Duke coach Mike Krzygbvdryuyedwski is collecting free wheels for participation in those Chevy commercials. That would be unethical.

This news came on the heels of a compliance email received last week from the Cal State Fullerton athletic department. Did you know it was against the rules, according to the release, to provide any transportation to NCAA athletes including giving rides to players? So not only can you not give a player a new car for hitting a hole-in-one, you have to make that guy walk, too. Hopefully nobody gets injured during a game and requires an ambulance. That would be some trek.

The ball-busting of the NCAA has gotten out of hand.


The Double G said...

Great story. Can't wait until it appears in the Sporting News so Randy Youngman can put it in his column a month from now.

New World Order said...

As it turns out, we owe a lot to the NCAA for keeping people in line and remain steadfast on a strict regimen of behavioral guidelines.

If Drew Tate and others refuse to comply, they will be shipped off to "reassignment camps" to where Drew and/or others may continue their edcuation at undisclosed learning centers.