Huh? Car Wash Leads to NCAA Violation - Lost Lettermen

Huh? Car Wash Leads to NCAA Violation


University of Portland men’s basketball coach Eric Reveno is the latest college sports figure to throw up his hands as if to say “Enough!” in response to the myriad, arcane rules surrounding NCAA eligibility.

Reveno posted the following tweets Wednesday after hearing of two absurd NCAA violations in the West Coast Conference:

While incredibly nitpicky, we’re not completely surprised by the second rule. There have been some unnecessarily strict rules on the books governing coach text messaging for quite some time.

It’s the first rule that really has us shaking our heads. As blogger Marc Isenberg suggested in his response to Reveno, it’s okay for athletes to use university water for bathing and hydration purposes, yet car-washing is prohibited?

Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger has details about the incident:

“A spokesman for the WCC did not know any further details, but a source familiar with the circumstances revealed what happened.

A WCC school self-reported an extra benefits violation to the NCAA when university officials caught one of their women’s golfers washing her car on campus, according to the source. The NCAA ruled a secondary violation had occurred because the water was not available to regular students and demanded the golfer pay back $20, which was deemed to be the value of the water and use of the hose.”

Reveno’s probably in need of a stiff drink after learning these rules for the first time, and so are we.

[ | The Dagger]

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