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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Who is Tired of the NCAA Clearinghouse? THIS GUY!!!

This is called a fax machine.  The NCAA Clearinghouse has never found one.

March 23rd, 2010: Enes Kanter commits to Kentucky

August 23rd, 2010: Enes Kanter has yet to be cleared by NCAA

153 days.  We are now 153 days since Kanter committed to Kentucky.  From what I understand, the holdup with Kanter’s eligibility deals with his playing on a Turkish pro team where he received lodging but no salary.  Now, if BTI understands this to be the issue, then I would be willing to bet that the NCAA and it’s lovely little Clearinghouse would know this and much more about the situation.  Which begs the question: WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A DECISION ON HIS ELIGIBILITY????????

Seriously, I understand that in our society, we attempt to work as little as possible without getting fired.  So, I certainly didn’t expect them to make a decision on Kanter on March 24th.  But, how difficult is it to contact a Turkish Pro League and simply ask them: What kind of compensation did Enes Kanter receive while playing in your league?  Did he ever receive anything other than lodging? 

Then you can ask them to send you documentation of this compensation, whether it be hotel bills or whatever.  They have this great machine called a FAX MACHINE that will literally send you these documents in a minutes time.  You no longer have to send your mail on a ship to get it from continent to continent.  It’s really quite an invention.  Then I thought, maybe they just can’t find an appropriate number for the Turkish League.  So, I did some research and went to this brand new website called GOOGLE.COM, and typed in Turkish Pro Basketball.  And what do you know?  I found a phone number for that league in under 30 seconds.  Now, you might need some type of long distance code, but the local phone number is:

(212) 414-7700
Ask for Mr. Tuwwensteinsky

Now, I am going to do a little quick math for everybody here.  There are 55 people who staff the NCAA Eligibility Center.  There are 90,000 athletes that come into college each year.  That means that each employee has 1,636 athletes to concern themselves with.  Just for the sake of argument, let’s ASSUME that EVERY SINGLE ATHLETE had eligibility questions. 

NCAA Clearinghouse Employees: 55
Athletes per Employee: 1,636
Since March 23rd, number of work days: 109
Athletes to Clear per Work Day: 14 

ASSUMING every single athlete had eligibility questions, a Clearinghouse employee would be clearing 14 athletes a day since March 23rd until today.  This is also assuming that the Clearinghouse didn’t do ANY work until March 23rd, which obviously isn’t true.  That cuts down on the number of athletes per worker.   

And of course, we know that 95% of athletes don’t actually have eligibility questions, meaning that a Clearinghouse employee could spend SEVERAL ENTIRE DAYS (15-25 working hours) on each athlete that has questions.  And yet, we sit 109 working days since Kanter committed and still no answer. 

WHY???  The reason is simple.  The NCAA Clearinghouse is a freaking joke, and clearly has no idea what the hell they are doing.  I won’t even get into the Derrick Rose issue, where they cleared him to play, waited over a year, and then punished Memphis for their horrendous error.  And that is not just a singular case.  It’s amazing how many high school transcripts are delayed from ending up with the Clearinghouse, and how many foreign players seem to live in places without a telephone.    

It’s time for colleges and universities to call out the real problem in college eligibility issues.  And that’s the NCAA Clearinghouse.  They are the ones who make the rules, yet they clearly have no clue how to enforce them.  They are the ones who clear these kids, not the colleges.  So, once the Clearinghouse clears them, that should absolve the college of any future punishment.  If anybody should be punished in the Derrick Rose situation, it’s the 55 employees of the Clearinghouse.  Incompetence like theirs is not accepted in any workplace.  Except Congress.

Article written by Bryan the Intern