Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 09th, 2009

Today we continue our series on the NCAA sanctions against ACU’s athletic department. And let me be clear: ACU is guilty of these charges. I just don’t think these charges are worthy of the punishments.

Or, to put it another way, what ACU did might have been illegal, but it wasn’t immoral.

Take the case of the church Christmas party. This party was going to be held whether the athletes came or not. Since they also attended the church, why shouldn’t they have gone? Just like when I was in college, my professor, Dr. John Willis, hosted a meal at his house every Sunday night than any student could attend. What’s wrong with that? I talked to a person who was at the Christmas party who said the athletes talked about how far they were from home and what Christmas was like in their home countries. He said it was one of the most moving experiences of his life.

Or take the case of the track athlete who got medical treatment paid for by a friend at church.

At the Indoor Nationals, the athlete got a massive blister that covered the entire ball of his foot.  It was cleaned and treated at the meet. The large flap of skin was laid back and the bare raw area was treated by the training staff. Once back in Texas the injury became worse and medical help was needed…and fast. With no one  turn to–athletic trainers were gone due to Spring Break–a Christian sprinted to the rescue and took him to the urgent care center and paid for his treatment. This is not out of the ordinary for any student at “No Ordinary University”.

Like I’ve said before, this would all be funny if it weren’t so sad.

And how did the NCAA become so obsessed with all these minor infractions at a little school like ACU?

It turns out they had an inside source. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

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