Seriously, is the NCAA kidding me? They need to lighten up already. I mean especially given the highly saturated, media -driven nature of our society today. Seriously, tell me what major university DOESN'T have some form of a celebrity or recent sports star serendipitously (yes, I just used that word) coming into contact with potential recruits?
Hell, when a celeb evens dons a university t-shirt or cap - that right there could be seen as an NCAA violation. And on top of all this, if you follow sports at all - most of the sports commentating world definitely have a bias and over-interest in certain "top" universities. Yeah, you know who you are and who I'm talking about - but hey, that's the way it is. Those programs are established and maybe they deserve that - because maybe the public interest wouldn't even be what it is today IF those said universities didn't excel the way they have and IF various celebrities hadn't taken such an interest in their alma-maters and the likes due to that success. So perhaps the NCAA wouldn't even be where it is in its success and exposure today if it weren't for these incidents - so should they lighten up or should they smack Iowa on the hand?
ps - after the thrashing that Iowa just gave MY alma-mater Michigan State (Go GREEN!) this weekend...it's ironic that I'm writing about this incident - Iowa? Guilty As Charged! haha ;) j/k...sort of. Vote.
Check out Jeff Eisenberg's new article over at Yahoo's The Dagger