NCAA Ruling Based on the Spirit of the Rules?

The NCAA felt that Jeremiah Masoli's application to transfer from Oregon, where he was kicked off of the team for violation of team rules, violated the "spirit" of the NCAA transfer rules and thus they denied his application and are preventing him from playing at Ole Miss.

The spirit of the rules, huh.  Interesting.

So who over at the NCAA is in charge of determining violations of the spirit of the signing process?  Just wondering because clearly someone over at the NCAA headquarters tasked with monitoring the spirit of the signing process has been asleep at the wheel while schools like LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Miami, UNC and others rape the spirit of the signing process by constantly signing way more players than they have room for when they sign them, which ultimately leads to a laundry list of transfers, medical hardships, and players flat out getting screwed.

This shouldn't be surprise anyone as this is just the latest indicator that the NCAA is an overgrown, bureaucratic organization that is not capable of regulating college athletics or delivering on their stated mission of maintaining competitive equality while ensuring that the academic experience of the student-athlete is paramount in the integration of athletic competition to the college environment.

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  1. Josh it sounds like you are talking out of both sides of your mouth here.

    First you point out that (and seem to pleased with) with the Masoli ruling, the NCAA appears to be willing to “interpret” the rules so as to divine intent, and that perhaps they should therefore get more involved with the issue of oversigning.

    But then you suggest that the bureaucratic stodginess of the NCAA has rendered them incapable of overseeing CFB adequately.

    Which is it?

    I wondered why it took you this long to jump on the Masoli thing. Perhaps you’ve been busy. But while the Masoli situation was obviously quite thorny, it appeared to me that Ole Miss and the player had followed the letter of the rule. If this were a court of law (and I am well aware it is not), the NCAA’s ruling in this case would have been estopped (yes, estopped) by an appeals court in about five seconds.

    If the NCAA continues to act in this arbitrary manner, I predict there will be some court cases that will begin to challenge their authority in a serious way. The Marcel Dareus ruling that came out yesterday would appear to be similarly arbitrary and a tad penurious, given what has been reported on the case.

    I know it’s your desire that the rules on oversigning be re-written. I hope that it’s not your desire that the NCAA begin to interpret what is going on and start issuing more decisions based on their determination of intent. That is one Pandora’s Box that needs to stay closed.

    • Well even though the NCAA is not a court of law, it looks like Masoli will be playing. The language was clear. It was the wrong thing anyway for the NCAA to attempt to interpret its own rule in a way other than how it was written. Same goes for the signing rules.

  2. I have already seen the funniest sign all year…. LSU fan holding up a sign saying UNC stands for University of Non Compliance. hahahaha. LSU fan maybe you should dig a little deeper and read about all the oversigning your coach does and how he treats his players when he is fighting to get down to 85.

  3. Looks like neither Masoli nor Houston Nutt’s small army of signees could save Ole Miss from mighty Jacksonville State. Can you say karma?

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