Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Great Example of Why the NCAA is Completely Ridiculous

Perry Jones III plays for Scott Drew and the extremely disappointing Bears of Baylor University. He was a prep superstar last year and figures to be a top-5 pick in the NBA draft this year. His mom needed some help with rent while he was in HIGH SCHOOL, so his AAU coach lent her $1000 to keep them in a home (which she subsequently repaid 15 days later). He also paid for a trip to a preseason professional football game in San Diego.

Immediately upon finding this information, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for the Big 12 tournament and any subsequent post-season play. Baylor's AD, Ian McCaw had this to say:

"We are profoundly disappointed in the timing and determination in this matter," Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a release from the school. "This outcome appears to be inconsistent with other recent, widely discussed NCAA decisions."

The AAU coach has no apparent ties to Baylor, or any other program, for that matter. He also had an established relationship with Jones that goes back to at least the sixth grade. The NCAA had to say of the relationship:

"In this specific case, the student-athlete and his family actually received benefits, including a trip, with the total benefit amount of more than $4,100," the NCAA said. "This sets the case apart from the [Cam] Newton case, where there was no sufficient evidence of benefits being provided or direct involvement by the student-athlete."

I know, as most of you do, that Baylor certainly isn't the cleanest program around the dustbin, but this looks like a complete choke-job on the NCAA's part. While I certainly don't have all the info, from the outside this doesn't feel like a horrible situation (unlike some others of which we know). 

Hey clowns, can you please use some common sense and put away the revenue/ratings bias? It's really not that much to ask.

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