Archive for Friday, November 5, 2010

NCAA delay

The NCAA needs a more efficient enforcement system that doesn’t keep students out of class and teams in limbo.

November 5, 2010


Long delays in deciding the eligibility of Kansas University basketball player Josh Selby raise questions about the NCAA enforcement policies and procedures.

It seems likely that the NCAA is justified in investigating some of Selby’s contacts with the business manager of NBA player Carmelo Anthony as well as Selby’s academic record at three different high schools. But how can the NCAA justify delays that resulted in Selby missing the first 13 days of class in KU’s fall semester and now is leaving Selby, his teammates and his coaches in limbo, not knowing when or if the point guard will be able to participate in Jayhawk games?

The delays suggest that the NCAA needs to rethink its process or its staffing for enforcement matters. Waiting until 13 days into the fall semester to clear Selby to attend class is a disservice to Selby and makes a mockery of the NCAA’s supposed emphasis on “student” athletes and graduation rates.

The NCAA has had months to look into Selby’s amateur eligibility, but the Jayhawks have started their exhibition schedule not knowing whether Selby will be allowed to play. The delay affects not only the team as a whole, but the futures of individual players who are trying to decide whether to red-shirt for the season.

Investigators need to be careful in their work, but it seems they’ve had plenty of time to determine whether any violations were serious enough to affect Selby’s playing status. If additional staffing will help speed the NCAA process, officials owe it to the students and coaches to dedicate that staffing, especially in the major revenue sports.

A recent story out of the University of Iowa also raises questions about NCAA rules and whether the association is concentrating on the issues that really matter in college athletics. Iowa officials received a letter from NCAA staff after a newspaper reported that two prospective recruits had met actors and Hawkeye fans Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at an Iowa-Iowa State football game in September. Two non-athlete students could have met the same people and attracted no attention, but such a meeting for basketball recruits would be a recruiting violation.

In any case, the NCAA wasted no time in addressing the situation, sending a letter to Iowa in late October, just four days after the published report of the meeting. Might the time the NCAA was spending investigating the Moore-Kutcher caper have been better used settling Josh Selby’s playing status?

Hopefully, an announcement on Selby is not far off and the Kansas team can take whatever steps are necessary and then turn their attention toward the upcoming season.


Gandalf 7 years, 6 months ago

How about only recruiting college qualified players?

Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 6 months ago

How can you possibly know whether or not they will be cleared by the NCAA during recruitment? If you waited until you knew for certain they would be qualified no athlete would be offered a scholarship until days before the fall semester started. In Selby's case, his academic clearance didn't come until a few weeks ago.

Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 6 months ago

So you think the best way to make the process LESS murky is to let the schools contact the teachers? Yeah...that'd work.

The fact that they are playing in HS means that their grades are being check, and that they are passing at least through their junior year. How can you hold the college responsible for what is clearly the responsibility of the high school?

Scruggsy 7 years, 6 months ago

Ummm- they do look at the grades, and the students are required to pass the ACT/ SAT just like everyone else. If the high school says his grades are passing, are colleges expected to hire a private eye to check every test he has ever taken?

ECM 7 years, 6 months ago

You can not be cleared by the NCAA until after high school graduation. So for the recruiting process coaches only know what they are told and what they see on a transcript.

Might want to go to the NCAA site and just walk through what a student athlete has to do.

rse1979 7 years, 6 months ago

What terrible logic. First, you blast the NCAA for making a mockery of the emphasis on the student, then go on to say that it should give priority to clearances for "students" participating in major revenue sports. So a student athlete participating in a major revenue sport is more important than one participating in a less lucrative sport? By that logic, female student athletes should receive no NCAA resources because they generally (with exceptions) are not major money makers for their universities.

ECM 7 years, 6 months ago

You may not care about women's sports but plenty of people do including Boosters. As for the process the women have to be cleared by the NCAA in exactly the same process.

The NCAA has many problems this situation only highlights a few

notanoobhere 7 years, 6 months ago

Come on Gandalf dont hate on organized sports because you where the last one picked in gym class. Get out of the basement of your moms house, stop playing D&D, get some exercise, maybe even talk to a girl (dont be scared they only bite if you ask nicely). Mainly get a clue as to how things actually work in the world outside of the bubble you live in.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 6 months ago

Like anyone actually cares about Josh Selby the person. I think he should follow the path of Brandon Jennings and take care of #1.

Fruity22 7 years, 6 months ago

If Brandon Jennings played college ball he might have been more of a household name and been drafted first instead of tenth or so and made a lot more money for #1. Xavier Henry was ranked ahead of John Wall on a few recruiting sites. After each one played a year of college ball there was no doubt who the better pro prospect was.

riverdrifter 7 years, 6 months ago

Selby will be "suspended" for 6-8 games and then be magically cleared.

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