ESPN - The Big Ten is seeking feedback from its members about the possibility of making freshman athletes ineligible for competition as they adjust to college life. In a statement to ESPN.com, the league says it is gauging interest from its members about a "national discussion regarding a year of readiness for student-athletes." The league has provided background to its members about such a step but has made no official proposal.
"The rules surrounding freshmen ineligibility don't fall within the areas of autonomy, which means either conferences choose to adopt the policy on their own or the legislation is voted on by the entire division," the NCAA said in a statement issued Friday.
The Diamondback, the student newspaper at Maryland, reported Thursday that the Big Ten is circulating a document titled "A Year of Readiness," which explores making freshmen in football and men's basketball ineligible for competition.
Good looking out Big Ten! I'd hate to see a bunch of kids who are only going to college for one reason actually use their talents or accomplish their goals. Much better to continue parading them around as "student-athletes" while continually depriving them of any inherently American rights or opportunities to earn a living.
Let's be serious guys; if you let Rutgers play right away you pretty much have to let freshmen do it. But hey, there's no way a true freshmen could compete in the Big Ten, right?
We've had a lot of fun teasing Alabama and Texas A&M fans about their "national championships" over the years, but we never took the time to actually analyze illegitimate national title claims and see if they're really the worst offenders. Thankfully for lazy guys like us Reddit already did the work. Here's the list...
Uproxx - Silas Nacita was a walk-on running back for the Baylor University football team
who was making it work in the classroom and on the field as a non-scholarship
player. Without the financial means to afford a place to live near campus, nor
any outside help from the athletic department, he began sleeping any place he
could find, usually on the floor of a friend’s apartment. Recently, however, a
close family friend was able to set him up with his own place. This is where
everything went sideways. According to the NCAA rules, that type of
“handout” constitutes a violation, so Nacita was ruled ineligible on Tuesday.
They're trolling us now, right? I mean, I know we seemingly have a weekly feature about the NCAA making an utterly moronic decision that drives another nail into the coffin where they buried their core values under a pile of TV money, but this is too far. This has to be a joke. Still not convinced the NCAA is just effing with us? This was posted by their official Twitter account THE NEXT DAY:
I'm sorry, but I absolutely refuse to believe any of this is real life anymore. Fool me once? Shame on you. Fool me every week for four years?