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Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 3:00 p.m. MST

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Idaho Falls, ID

So what can we do to put pressure on the NCAA to reverse this ridiculous decision?

When you throw the Mansfield case out there it really shows the hypocrisy of the NCAA.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Ncaa goofballs are biased?


The NCAA long ago, stopped being about the "student-Athlete" and more about billion dollar TV contracts.


Why does the NCAA exist? The scandals that happen in NCAA itself are as bad as some of the worst scandals it is suppose to police against. Latching the gate closed after the cow escapes is about all they do. Is there even an over site committee to police them? The worst organizational agency effort that ranks right with ObamaCare!!!!!!!

Chris Degn
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's deluge NCAA w/ tweets like...

@NCAA Do right thing and give XC runner Jared Ward back yr of elig u took from him 4 running costume fun run.

Logan, UT

I agree that the NCAA is a mess. It's the primary reason I chose not to participate in collegiate cross country/track, even though I probably could have received a scholarship. Instead, I chose to pursue my own interest in marathons and trail ultramarathons, which has resulted in a lot of success and enjoyment for me, without anyone telling me what I can or can't do.

That said, everyone in the distance running community knows that you don't count your local fun run as an organized, competitive event when you're documenting your amateur status. This kid was asking for trouble by putting that on his NCAA eligibility paperwork. I think the rule is as long as you don't take more than $100 in prize money, you're golden. If you happen to win a race and they offer you more than that, you turn it down or have the RD donate it to charity. Personally, I wouldn't take anything in that situation, just to be safe, and I certainly wouldn't list every Tom, Dick, and Harry 5k I'd run in the past year.

Provo, UT

This is incredible!! Maybe if he timed one of his mile runs during a work out that should also be grounds for ineligibility, right? That would be the same logic. It was timed, he planned the work out... What's missing? Did he have to run with a friend for it to count as a race? I can't believe people would misuse their authority this way.

Idaho Falls, ID

Sorry. Stupid spell check. Manziel, not Mansfield, on the previous post.

La Canada, CA

Penalizing Jared and the other two athletes cited is/was such a waste of the NCAA's valuable time. The NCAA never did me wrong while I competed under that organization, but this just makes me sad. I whole-heartedly add my voice in support of both this article and Jared Ward, and call the NCAA to overturn their decision to remove his eligibility, as dictated by the precedent set in the two other similar cases, as well as dictated by Ward's actions not being in violation of said rule. He did not participate in a "league," but a single coach's race. He also gained no advantage from competing in what should be seen as a "fun run." With no awards or even recognition accepted in that race, he should have been well within his right to run that event. Let Ward run. Go get em' at nationals Cougars.

Spanish Fork, UT

You gotta be kidding. I'm embarrassed for the NCAA. They must have had a big time program come back on them, so they took out their frustration on a little guy. What a joke.

West Valley City, Utah

The rights of the people of this country, so guarded years ago, are more and more often met with an appalling apathy by a large portion of our society. "Our government is messed us so I am just going to ignore it" is a common attitude. This is opening the door to abuses of power by bureaucratic organizations like the NCAA. The door is wide open for progressive style socialism and fascism and as we react only to what the media cares to report.

San Antonia, TX

Give him his eligibility!

This is a complete joke.

The players in the System are getting hosed while the NCAA makes billions and coaches are able to jump from school to school for the biggest offer without any penalty at all.

This needs to be overturned.

Glendora, CA

It's all about money. The NCAA is semi-professional with football and basketball, especially. One needs to look no further than the example of Cam Newton of Auburn. He was not penalized, neither was Auburn, yet USC's Reggie Bush was for a much less serious infraction. Why? Because in the deep south, the S.E.C. is a multi-multi billion dollar industry and wields an unusually heavy hand in making decisions, not only for BCS bowls bids for their league, but in preventing so-called "death penalties" from infractions. This prevents mega dollar losses for the entire conference. Then, they will pick on the weakest, must vulnerable athletes and schools, (such as Colgate), at sundry times, in order to look as if they are doing their jobs. It's all political. Just follow the money.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

The NCAA shows it's true colors when it says naughty-naughty to Johnnie Manziel and programs like Oregon and then turns around and suspends someone in situations like this one. Johnnie Manziel is a now disgrace to the game but can be a leading contender for the Hiesman Tropghy again. Money talks, the NCAA is corrupt.

Springville, UT

Typical anti-Mormon bigotry. Same thing you saw in Romney's political loss.

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Orem, UT

What part of this policy does Jared Ward not understand? It is the NCAA doing what it should be doing: enforcing rules. If he doesn't like it, then he should keep his denial to himself.

MN Doug
Rochester, MN

Seriously Bro. Ben Franklin? You're defending the NCAA? Do you work for them or something? So a kid fills out paperwork as honestly as he can, and instead of using good judgement the NCAA kills him on a technicality. But in the cases of former Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn football players admitting to getting paid,the Miami mess, and Manziel literally getting financial gain, they do NOTHING or do less than a slap the wrist. You see nothing wrong here?

Salt Lake City, UT

The NCAA looks the other way on high profile players and conferences and then comes down hard on a cross-country runner in a fun race. Now they can proudly say, Look, we strictly enforce the rules. It is farcical.

Provo, UT

The NCAA is stupid. This kid can't compete but it had no problem with Cam Newton.

Provo, ut

The NCAA and the IRS have a lot of similarities.

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