The NCAA is a bureaucracy, and by their very nature, bureaucracies have to cater
to the lowest common denominator. You have people assigned to set tasks in
isolation; creative thinking is discouraged and the temptation to stay in
one's comfort cubical is strong. Under such circumstances, when one person
drops the ball (human nature), nobody else notices and the error doesn't
get corrected without influence from outside the system. In the balance, the
NCAA fulfills a necessary purpose, but it will blow it on occasion, as well.
Using the Portuguese Scoring tables, Mr. Ward's recent 2:16 Marathon in
Chicago translates to about 29:10 10KM track time, Kids, that's a smoking
fast time! I too wait with bated breath to see how the BYU X-C team does in
Regionals and Nationals. Only in my dreams and even then, running down hill
could I run that fast... LOL. Sadly, all these years of Olympic
level training will be put aside after graduating and entering the adult working
world. But the memories of being a talented college runner, will motivate one to
keep plugging along the rest of their life, be it professional or raising
one's future kids.
My question is why did it take the Deseret News or the Salt Lake Tribune so long
to run an article that put pressure on the NCAA to reverse its decision? Could
addressing the situation earlier have resulted in Ward being able to run most of
The NCAA definitely does have some bugs that it needs to work out, but
criticizing them may not be the most efficient way to to that.I am glad
Ward got reinstated, and am excited to watch BYU run at the NCAA cross Country
Championships. I just don't think that it is a good Idea to continue
criticizing an association after they have already given you what you want.Regardless, though, a well written article.