Report: LB Suspended for Good Deed
By Chris Mahr, LostLettermen.com
The NCAA may be terrible at doling out punishments where they’re needed most (e.g. Miami [FL], Oregon), but boy are they good at cracking down on the little harmless rules.
Justin Heard, a senior linebacker at FCS Central Arkansas, was recently suspended indefinitely for “violating NCAA rules.” The rules violation reportedly stemmed from Heard (the Bears’ leading tackler in 2012) giving several hundred dollars of his scholarship money to his brother - also a UCA student and member of the football team - to buy textbooks.
“If it was an athletic scholarship that was given to the student, [the extra money] is the university’s money and not the student’s,” UCA financial analyst Evonne Meeks told The Fountain, an online campus publication. When contacted by Lost Lettermen, the school’s assistant AD for media relations, Steve East, would only say that Heard’s suspension was due to “breaking team rules.”
The masters of minutiae in Indianapolis also recently ruled a Middle Tennessee State defensive end had to sit out a year for participating in military intramurals and denied a hardship waiver to a Rutgers basketball player despite the death of his brother and father before coming to their senses and reversing both decisions.
If the report is correct, hopefully the NCAA can use common sense once more to retract this suspension.
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