Friday, May 18, 2012

Ohio St charged with 46 absurd minor NCAA violations


We've made no secret of our indignation for the holier than thou machinations of the Ohio State Buckeyes. But we now have a little empathy for their plight.

A report surfaced Thursday that the school has committed 46 secondary NCAA rules violations. And while its never a good thing to do something like that, when you read the examples of what they were, it will make you hate the NCAA even more than most of us already do. provides us a look at the violations RIGHT HERE

Among the violations: A video coordinator (Greg Paulus of all people) was observed in what was claimed to be a "Tactical" discussion with a basketball player.

Others include: The women's Lacrosse team not taking one calendar day per week of during the 2011 season. (Apparently that doesn't apply to football). And a coach providing a Lacrosse camper a new stick from the program after his broke at a camp.

Here's a favorite: The women't volleyball coach got in trouble for providing her team $10 in "Snack" money 2 days before their appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

And the best one of all: A violation because coach Mike Vrabel used chewing tobacco during a team practice.

Oh...we forgot: New head coach Urban Meyer got in trouble for saying "Good Luck" to a potential recruit that he apparently could watch...but not talk to. Nice.

And you wonder why people have a hard time taking the NCAA seriously.

Sure, we understand they need to have a role in policing schools when it comes to recruiting and providing for student/athletes. We get that.

But there are some seriously arcane and just plain silly rules and minutiae that catch schools on a regular basis.

We get that most of the big schools have big compliance departments that should catch this stuff, but it also seems like a lot of it is contrary to what you should be doing for kids. It's one thing to give a kid $10,000 to come play for your school. It's another to give players $10 for snack money. 

We're guessing Ohio State won't get in a lot of trouble here and they shouldn't be. Rather this is just a really good example of why the NCAA needs to take a serious look at the way they enforce and more importantly WRITE their rules.

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