Friday, January 16, 2009

The NCAA Will Be Watching Kids Do Their Thing At The Playground, Ya Know

Whatever happened to Another Bad Creation? I'm guessing Iesha turned into a jealous girl and broke up the group like Yoko did the Beatles. Soon college basketball assistants will be playing Nintendo and eating cereal in seventh-grade living rooms thanks to an NCAA ruling that makes seventh graders official prospects.
The organization voted Thursday to change the definition of a prospect from ninth grade to seventh grade - for men's basketball only - to nip a trend in which some college coaches were working at private, elite camps and clinics for seventh- and eighth-graders. The NCAA couldn't regulate those camps because those youngsters fell below the current cutoff.

"It's a little scary only because - we talked about this - where does it stop?" said Joe D'Antonio, chairman of the 31-member Division I Legislative Council, which approved the change during a two-day meeting at the NCAA Convention. "The fact that we've got to this point is really just a sign of the times."
The concern is that elite camps for children are giving some coaches an advantage so there's pressure for other coaches to start their own. Soon they'll have to start camps for third and fourth-graders. Poor college coaches. Once again, the NCAA is looking out for the athlete.

Soon we'll have coaches passing eighth-graders a lollipop and a letter and telling them to keep it a secret while they give benefits under the table. Imagine the scandals during campus visits. "Ro, Coach Huggins won't make you do any work and you can play all the Playstation you want. I guess you could graduate but wouldn't you rather play ball and Madden all day? Once you stop thinking girls are icky, you can have anyone you want like Pat White. Let Jenny touch you and see what you think." Next thing you know, there will be more underage sex scandals than a Florida school system. Well done, NCAA.

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