Doug Robinson: The NCAA reverses field again and reinstates BYU athlete

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  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    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.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 15, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    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.

  • far north Providence, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    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 season?

  • I Am A Runner South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    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.