Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 17th, 2009

For the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the NCAA’s investigation of ACU and the ACU response. By now, we’ve established that the penalties were too severe and the response was too passive.

So today, let’s end the series by looking at what ACU could have and should have said. Here is what I believe either President Money or Athletic Director Mosley might have been better off saying:

“We accept that rules were broken. But we do not accept that we did anything wrong.

As a Christian university, we have a higher calling to a higher power than the NCAA. And our code of conduct is a little different than the NCAA version. The NCAA version leads that organization to slap big guys on the wrist, like when OU alums were paying Rhett Bomar to not work at a car dealership. But that same NCAA code of conduct allows them to go after little guys like ACU with a vengeance.

Our code of conduct takes precedence: it’s the Bible. And in it, we are instructed to love our neighbors as ourselves.

And so when a track athlete with an infected foot needs treatment, we provide it.

When a player needs a computer to take a correspondence course, we supply it.

And when athletes from other countries want to come to our Christmas parties, we embrace them.

That is not just what we do…that is who we are. We don’t talk about kindness; we live it.

And so while we accept responsibility, we don’t apologize. And when given the opportunity again, we will continue to do the right thing, whether the NCAA thinks its the legal thing or not.

In 2nd Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul instructs us to “stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught….” That is what we did…and what we will continue to do.

We can hold our heads high at the end of this investigation. Too bad the officials at the NCAA can’t say the same thing.”

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