LoveTheKittens,You are right, there is choice and accountability.
The issue here is the punishment and the intent. The intent was obviously
innocent, and the punishment was therefore remarkably harsh. I agree that a
single event suspension seems fair and even handed. There should be an
acknowledgement that a rule was broken, even if in ignorance, but don't go
all heavy handed on him. This is like getting your license suspended for 2
years for turning right on a red light in a no turn on red zone because you
missed the sign (assuming no accident or harm). A simple ticket would suffice.
Those claiming anti-Mormon bigotry, get off your sensitivity wagon.
This likely would have happened in any situation where someone took more than a
year off. Admittedly, that may be most common for a LDS mission, but I doubt
the NCAA thought "Get the RM kid!"It is not part of any
Follow the rules or suffer the consequences, pretty simple concept...choice and
Something is pathetically wrong at the NCAA. They show their stupidity in this
case against just plain good old common sense. The NCAA needs to wake up!
If Jared Ward had been an athlete of any other sport, the NCAA would have been
most likely reversed by now. But the fact is that the NCAA doesn't care
about cross country because Cross Country doesn't generate nearly as much
money, and gets a ton less attention. NCAA, if you read this, stop showing bias
to the sports that give you more money, and start treating all of the sports
equally. To everyone Else who reads this comment, spread the word.
Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Myspace(if there are any crazy
people who still use it), and any other social networking sites that I have
Failed to mention. It is only fair to Jared since Nathan Harries, and Steven
Rhodes got their eligibility back.
I am sharing this with 30,000 of my closest friends on FaceBook.A good
dose of public ridicule is what the NCAA needs.
Another idiotic decision by the NCAA...they specialize in them!!! They are only
concerned about making money for themselves...they have NO common sense at all.
The NCAA is akin to the ACLU. A law unto themselves with no accountability.
They could care less about this kid or his well being.
I think the purpose of the rules is to level the playing field. However,the
NCAA shows its lack of good judgement and most of all it's fairness when it
can't distinguish between a runner participating a small,organized event
and a Heisman trophy winner accepting money for his autograph. I could see the
NCAA punishing the runner for participating in an organized event by not
allowing him to compete in one event since he participated in only one event
that broke NCAA rules because you can't keep a runner out of half of a race
like you can for a football player. The real problem is the lack of consistency
by how the NCAA treats the revenue producing sports and the sports that
don't produce revenue.
This sort of foolishness is nothing new. Does anyone remember how Jim Thorpe was
stripped of his Olympic gold medals in the decathelon and pentathelon in 1912
because several years earlier he had played semi-pro baseball, earning $2 per
game? Years later, in 1982, his medals were restored to him. Let's hope
this case doesn't take as long to resolve.Petty-minded stuff like
this is why the NCAA gets little or no respect.
Some institutions simply need to be replaced.
I stopped caring about sports and this is part of the reason. There are few
places where sports are about the sport. It is all about the money.
So . . . Doug, what do we do to flood the NCAA with protest comments?
The NCAA and the IRS have a lot of similarities.
The NCAA is stupid. This kid can't compete but it had no problem with Cam
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.
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?
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.
Typical anti-Mormon bigotry. Same thing you saw in Romney's political loss.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry. Stupid spell check. Manziel, not Mansfield, on the previous post.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!!!
The NCAA long ago, stopped being about the "student-Athlete" and more
about billion dollar TV contracts.
Ncaa goofballs are biased?
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.