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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 4:20 p.m. MST

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clearfield, UT


True, because it seems to LDS that what goes for a little recreational activity once a week is being made into some huge issue. Truthfully, what it would probably tell a future athelete when asked the question on an NCAA form is to just not admit to any pick up game or church game he was involved in as it has opened up a can of worms beyond any seeming reason. And the NCAA has shown an ability to be quite arbritary in their rulings. As an SC fan I'd know.

Plano, TX

You have to get prior approval to be on teams other than a college team to retain your NCAA eligibility. Kid should have paid attention to this and checked, it's nothing new.


First off, this kid wasn't playing in an LDS church league, it was a Baptist church league. This league could have been more organized than what posters are used to.

Second, Maudine, you are probably correct, most posters on here, as well as the DNews and the Tribune more than likely wouldn't care about this if the kid wasn't Mormon. But this story plays very nicely into the persecution complex some Mormons enjoy and project to others.

Third, @ ClarkHippo, I couldn't care less what the kid's religion is, I'm not gleeful that a Mormon lost a year of eligibility due to some inane enforcement of a rule. The NCAA is quite a capricious and arbitrary organization. When dealing with the NCAA and its rules enforcement committee, it is much better to be a big name program from the East Coast with big money attached. Those programs tend to get off a lot easier on the sanctions.


So Johnny Moenyzelle gets a quarter for making cash signing autographs and this kid gets a season for 3 church ball games? NCAA is completely incompetent, corrupt, and out of control.


This sounds like little more than more anti-religious bigotry by another secular, government-funded institution to me.


So THAT's why I didn't play for the University of Utah. I was ineligible! I always thought it was because I had no talent.

Back in the days when I was a Mormon, playing church basketball in the ward cultural hall – with my bishop as coach – was a highlight.


The NCAA has some very high standards. I understand some BYU fans object to the decision. But we shouldn't expect the NCAA to lower its standards simply because people are upset. Universities understand the rules. If they don't intend to live up to the standards, then don't participate.

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