Rutgers G: 2 Deaths, No Hardship Waiver
The NCAA’s stupidity knows no bounds.
Just days after a public relations disaster for requiring a former Marine to sit out a year of football at Middle Tennessee State for participating in military intramurals (a decision it later reversed under immense pressure), the New York Post is reporting that the governing body for college sports is denying a hardship waiver to Rutgers guard Kerwin Okoro - who transferred from Iowa State - after the death of his father and brother within two months last season.
The NCAA grants hardship waivers that do not require transfers to sit out a year based on injury, illness or financial hardship of an immediate family member or legal guardian. While it’s been used in the past by players to circumvent sitting out a season, you would think the NCAA would use common sense and allow Okoro to return closer to home in The Bronx over such a tragic set of circumstances without the normal transfer rules applying.
Okoro’s father died in December of a stroke while his brother died two months later of colon cancer at the age of 28.
“I think it’s crazy,” Okoro’s AAU coach, Abdu-Allah Torrence, told The Post. “It was hard on the whole family. The biggest [reason for coming home] was being a support system for his mom.”
Despite the infuriating ruling, Okoro had the presence of mind to handle this situation with much more class than the NCAA in tweeting the following on Tuesday and Wednesday:
I’ll make the wise decision of staying off social networks today,cause if I express my feelings right now, I might just say the wrong thing
— Nkereuwem Okoro (@The_KO_Campaign) August 20, 2013
The news has created another media firestorm with even Dick Vitale coming to Okoro’s defense:
Mark Emmert NCAA -when u took over 1 of ur goals was to bring some sense to the rules - take a deep look @ Donte Hill & Kerwin Okoro cases
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 22, 2013
Another kid being unjustly punished by old men without a clue? The villainy of the NCAA and president Mark Emmert are growing by the day.