We spend a lot of time beating up the NCAA on SEC Football Tonight, and most of the time they've earned the abuse. But I'm here to pat the NCAA on the back and hope they'll make it two in a row.
First of all, congrats to the NCAA for overturning its earlier decision in regard to former U.S. Marine Steven Rhodes. He will now be allowed to play immediately for Middle Tennessee State.
Rhodes just spent five years serving our country and hasn't played organized football since 2006 when he was at Antioch (TN) High School. But an outdated NCAA rule would have prohibited him from playing right away.
Obviously he's no ordinary walk-on freshman. He's 24 years old and has a wife and two kids. How unfair it would be to penalize him for deciding to serve in the military before pursuing his education.
So whether the NCAA was simply reacting to an overwhelming tide of negative publicity, or came to its senses, they've reached the right conclusion. You'll get a chance to see Rhodes and Middle Tennessee State play here on CSS on Sept 14.
Now let's hope the NCAA can make it two in a row.
By now you may have heard of the tragic circumstances that took the life for budding Atlanta High School football star DeAntre Turman last Friday night. He broke his neck making a tackle and passed away.
He was just a junior, but the University of Kentucky had already offered him a scholarship. NCAA rules prohibit schools from making written offers to high school student athletes until they are seniors. Sadly, Turman and his family will not get the opportunity to experience that.
Wildcats Coach Mark Stoops hopes that the NCAA will make an exception and allowed his school to present a written offer to Turman's father in honor of his memory. This is such a small thing but it could mean a lot to the family.
I'm urging the NCAA to once again do the right thing.