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Latest MLB Draft signing proves just how incompetent the NCAA is

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the NCAA did something today that proved its incompetency.

Well, it was more what they DIDN’T do, but you get the point.

Oklahoma quarterback and dual-sport athlete Kyler Murray was selected No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft on Monday night. Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson said Murray has MLB All-Star potential, with skills similar to star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson said Murray has the potential to eventually become “a premier defender in center field because he has the speed most people don’t have.” He’s a star.

Considered the favorite for the starting quarterback job in Oklahoma to replace No. 1 overall pick and Heisman-winner Baker Mayfield, it’s obvious Murray has a tough choice to make, right? College football or MLB?

Actually, that decision won’t be too difficult, as Murray will be allowed to do both for a full season.

According to NCAA rules, athletes are allowed to play professional baseball (and make money doing so), all while maintaining amateur status in football. All Murray will have to do is keep contracts and agent conversations baseball-specific and avoid endorsement deals, and he will be able to retain his college football eligibility. We saw Russell Wilson do something similar in the past, though he was selected in the fourth round, not the top-ten.

This afternoon, Murray agreed to a deal with the A’s that guarantees him close to $5 million as a college athlete.

So Murray will be able to compete for an NCAA championship as a millionaire next season. Not a bad way to live, right? Good for him.

That is until you look at all of the other ridiculous rulings and violations the NCAA has dealt over the years.

Back in 2004, the NCAA ruled against Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom for receiving endorsements as an Olympic skier, effectively ending his college football career. He was a world champion freestyle skier and a 2002 Olympian, and accepted endorsements so he could afford to prepare for the 2006 Torino Olympics. Without the financial aid, he couldn’t afford the training necessary to compete and represent the United States in the Olympics, but the NCAA fought him for two years on it and turned down his final appeal.

In 2011, the NCAA ruled former Kentucky Wildcat Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving a $33,000 salary while playing for the Turkish professional team Fenerbahçe Ülker. $20,000 of it was used for tutoring, which the NCAA said was okay, but because the remaining $13,000 was unaccounted for, the book was thrown at him. Kanter had the money sitting in a bank account and was willing to return every cent to the professional team, but the NCAA wanted no part of it. Kanter never played a minute of college basketball as a result.

And, to this day, the NCAA believes they wholeheartedly made the correct decision.

“The final decision of the reinstatement committee is completely compatible with the collegiate model of sports our members have developed, since he received a significant amount of money, above his actual expenses, from a professional team prior to coming to college,” Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, told ESPN.

Back in 2013, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel was suspended for a half of a regular season game against Rice for allegedly signing autographs for money.

And it wasn’t even proven that money changed hands.

The NCAA and A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw, an NCAA representative confirmed. The rule says student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.

“NCAA rules are clear that student-athletes may not accept money for items they sign, and based on information provided by Manziel, that did not happen in this case.”

Other past violations?

In 2013, three Oklahoma student-athletes, “received food in excess of NCAA regulation at a graduation banquet. The three had graduated from the school but returned for an additional season of competition. The players were provided pasta in excess of the permissible amount allowed.” 

As a result, each player was required by the NCAA to donate $3.83 (price of the pasta) each to a charity of their choice. If not, they would be not be reinstated.

South Carolina self-reported secondary violations in 2014 for decorated a cookie cake with too much icing.

The official AP report was hilarious, with the official violation being: “Impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cakes given to prospects.”

But $5 million for a baseball player? No problem at all.

Way to go, NCAA.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

10 Comments for Latest MLB Draft signing proves just how incompetent the NCAA is

  1. joeky
    8:36 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    NCAA is a joke since Emmert took over!

  2. KYcats11
    8:50 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    The only notable thing that the NCAA had gotten right is taking the dirty bird’s banner down… And every then, it took them long enough.

  3. dgtuk
    9:08 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Most of your articles are over the top with unnecessary hyperbole. This time ..well done!

  4. TonyMontana
    9:20 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Not Caring About Athletes. Illogical.

  5. KYJelly
    9:33 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    They are letting a PROFESSIONAL athlete play college sports. The problem with the NCAA is they like to live in the gray area so they can use different judgments for similar situations. By this articles logic, if Kanter had received endorsements and money from a professional baseball team instead of basketball (assuming he played both) he would’ve been eligible to play. So that means the problem isn’t the money they are being paid by a professional sports team, but rather which sport is paying them.

    Another issue with this is it opens another avenue for funneling money to college kids. “Hey James Wiseman, we will give you “x” amount of dollars if you sign with our agent, we just need you to sit on the bench for the baseball team so we can claim it was for that.”

  6. notFromhere
    10:53 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    “The rule says student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products”

    Except for decades the NCAA let McDonald’s and other corporations use the players’photos on calendars, posters with schedules, while the NCAA AND SCHOOLS received kickbacks for what was against their own rules. The NCAA is a dbag, criminal institution. It’s a monopoly because it is not truly acting as an association with each school and individual members being represented by the association. They are capricious at best and criminal at worst. MERT is the leading shtbag at overlord

  7. ibescootch
    1:37 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    I literally almost never agree with the NCAA and think it’s an absolute joke, but the examples given aren’t really precedents for Murray’s situation. The whole idea behind receiving money (or other compensation) is that it sets you a part as a “professional in that sport”, which would negate the “collegiate athlete” title you should have. So being paid for playing baseball doesn’t make you a professional in basketball, meaning you are not being recognized as “professional enough” to be paid for basketball.

    Endorsements and other gifts or compensation are trickier because the value of the endorsement can’t be traced back specifically to a sport. They can be pretty ambiguous. Like Chris Paul being paid to represent State Farm- Paul doesn’t know anything about insurance, but his likeness and personality has value, so he’s a good promoter. We’d want to say that value stems from his basketball resume, but it doesn’t necessarily. So in the end, it’s just a guy being paid a lot of money for just being himself. In the NCAA’s eyes, that would be a violation because there isn’t a clear cut service he’s provided worthy of that money. Same thing goes for being paid for an autograph. The autograph itself has no value outside of whose name it is. To bring it full circle, I’d be willing to bet my next paycheck that Murray is not allowed to be paid for autographs either, or receive any ambiguous benefits, even if it’s clearly in connection to his status as a pro baseball player.

    In Kanter’s case, he was paid (recognized as good enough) for playing basketball. Not baseball or table tennis or hockey. He was recognized as elite enough to be paid for his services, so when he came to Kentucky, he was already a professional. It’s irrelevant what he did with the money or that he was willing to pay it back. Once you’ve accepted it, it’s clear that you’re good enough to be paid for your services.

    Using this logic though, I’m surprised that someone hasn’t set up a random “sport” with a professional “league” where a college athlete can play and be paid for that sport. So in that vein, I’m going to start a professional wiffleball league, and only choose players from Power 5 schools that play basketball, and their salaries will be paid by boosters from that school. It’s essentially money laundering, but it’d be within the NCAA’s guidelines, so… who wants to start it with me?!

    • CPACAT
      5:17 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Using the NCAAs own rules against them, a la UNC, and coming out clean…hmmm..

  8. Fitz
    10:06 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    No, I don’t get your point. Murrys situation like the others mentioned has a condition(s). If he does not adhere to them as the others mentioned did no,he will be penalized by the NCAA.

    10:22 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Yet shoe companies can “sponsor” a parent as a basketball coach and pay them six-figures and no one says a word. It’s time for the NCAA to GO!