Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, July 07th, 2009

How absurd are the NCAA sanctions against Abilene Christian University’s athletic department?

Consider the case of the church party. Let me quote directly from the NCAA report:

“Many members of the institution’s track and field teams are international student-athletes who are unable to travel to their home countries during the Christmas holidays. During the holiday seasons in both 2006 and 2007, “pot luck” suppers organized by a local church [Hillcrest Church of Christ] were held for some of the international students at the home of an assistant track coach (”assistant coach A”). During those parties 15 student-athletes (”student-athletes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13, 14 and 15,” respectively) were provided impermissible benefits including small appliances, DVD’s, CD’s, food items, gift cards, personal items, clothing items and cash. The items were donated by members of the church.”

Are you kidding me? ACU is being punished because a local church gave out some CD’s and gift cards at a Christmas party? Is this a joke?

But it gets more absurd. Also from the NCAA report:

“Once prospect 3 finished his assignments, assistant coach C mailed the completed correspondence course work to the institution through which the course was offered so that it could be graded. Assistant coach C paid the postage fee to send the assignments. Prospect 3 passed the class and competed for the institution.”

I thought coaches were supposed to support the academic pursuits of athletes. How is mailing in the correspondence work a major violation?

Tomorrow, we’ll go through some more of the greatest hits of this absurd report. Be prepared to be shocked at how silly the violations were and how heavy-handed the NCAA’s response was.

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