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June 19, 2017

Crazy NCAA Infractions

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The NCAA is known for their tyrannical rule over all-things-sports, but they also have another niche: enforcing crazy rules. Here are some examples of these rules, and how they have affected players and colleges alike:

  1. Three athletes from the University of Oklahoma recently attended a banquet at their old high school. Even though they were graduated, they reportedly consumed food in excess of the NCAA regulation. As reparations, the three were forced to donate $3.83 to a charity of their choice.
  2. In an attempt to bring in new prospects, the Mississippi State Bulldogs sent out a letter pertaining to their upcoming “Junior Day” camp. Little did the school know, sealing the envelope with a Mississippi State sticker was not permitted along with the having table, which was placed in the locker room to hold extra equipment, would be deemed “a special addition” and they would be forced to report these infractions.
  3. The University of Oregon Men’s baseball team decided to treat their team to an eventful night filled with dinner, mini golf, and laser tag. Alas, this fun was short-lived when compliance officer Jody Syked was forced to report the events as “Impermissible entertainment.”
  4.  Almost as bad as the sticker scandal, South Carolina’s improper icing on cookies handed out to recruits takes the cake for ridiculous rulings. Yet again, the NCAA deemed the decorations as “impermissible.
  5. Finally, perhaps one of the most frustrating rulings occurred during a basketball game versus Tennessee Tech and University of North Florida. The ruling is, during the last 20 minutes of a college basketball warmup, no dunking is allowed, and if it were to occur, the opposing team is granted two technical free throws at the beginning of the game. Of course, this is what happened to University of North Florida when they ended up losing by 2 against Tennessee Tech.

While the NCAA has a multitude of rules attempting to protect both players and the integrity of the sport and the organization, some of these rules are out of date, overdone, and unfair to the athletes and schools alike.

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