The NCAA has its flaws. They seem to be devoid of reason in certain topics regarding a number of topics. One that seems to be #1 on their list is the rule that “student-athletes” cannot make money off their likeness or attire. They enforce this rule with an iron grip and have hammered down hard on programs that violate this rule.
Sometimes however, there are moments where rules should be looked at in a different light. In special circumstances, rules should either be bent or outright broken if the situation warrants it. In LSU RB Leonard Fournette‘s case, the NCAA saved itself from being color blind and tight-knit with the rules.
To give some backstory on the situation, the floods and torrential rain that has struck South Carolina and the totality of the east coast has caused many sporting events to be greatly affected. In the case of the LSU-South Carolina game, the weather had gotten so bad that the game was re-scheduled to be played in Baton Rouge instead. With the recent natural disaster striking the Gamecock’s state, Fournette utilized his post-game conference to show that sports can mean far more than just a game.
Wow. Leonard Fournette says he's auctioning off his game jersey to help out SC flood victims pic.twitter.com/mWQiMJfQWU
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 10, 2015
Very classy stuff from arguably the best player in college football.
Of course, the most standup college organization promptly denied his attempt to do the right thing.
#LSU RB Leonard Fournette says the NCAA will not allow him to auction his jersey for the SC flooding relief. "Violation," he said.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 10, 2015
At the time of the announcement, social media blew up in outrage over the ruling. it was yet another out-of-touch decision by the college sports governing body.
— wilson, josh (@THEJO5HWIL5ON) October 11, 2015
— Andrea M. Smith (@Asmitty0920) October 11, 2015
And here was by far the most scathing:
The NCAA wont let Fournette auction off his jersey to help people *BUT* you can still buy his jersey and help no one pic.twitter.com/R2ePlwTAcK
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 11, 2015
But eventually, the worldwide leader in college sports finally did its star football RB right.
Leonard Fournette can auction his jersey for SC flood victims.
— NCAA (@NCAA) October 11, 2015
I must admit, the NCAA did its job. It made a poor decision and revised it after public outcry. That’s more than I had expected at the first writing of this piece. Bravo NCAA way to right your wrongs.