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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

NCAA revises its previous position; lets Leonard Fournette sell his game jersey for South Carolina relief efforts

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.

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.

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.

https://twitter.com/ABalky_5/status/653007041158447104

And here was by far the most scathing:

But eventually, the worldwide leader in college sports finally did its star football RB right.

 

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.

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Dylan Bair
Writer of all things college sports including, but not limited to, Michigan State football and basketball, college football in every facet, and hard opinions about the Big Ten and college sports in general. Also, an avid soccer and NBA fan with a deep knowledge-base that hopefully translates well to all of the fans reading. Thanks for the time and effort in reading my work! It means a lot to get the support for the thing I love most.

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