Unlike Bob Knight, who thinks that Jim Tressel is unfairly ensnared by an obscure rule about lying to the NCAA, Phillip Daniels has a reasonable suggestion for the NCAA about the secondary violations Georgia reported in the wake of Ray Drew’s commitment announcement:
… The NCAA comes up with all these rules and expect guys to know of violations. Randall was invited to Ray’s announcement and knew nothing about who he was gonna sign with. I know because I spoke with him while on the way down there. It’s a shame that former players can’t have friendships with young men who look up to us and want us to be a part of their big decision. Just hate Randall and David’s name are on display for rules they knew nothing about. They are good men who got invited by another good man. If not busy, I would have been there also. The #NCAA should want role models like these guys.
“I know there’s 9,000 different NCAA rules and all this kind of stuff, but those two guys that came and spoke are not employed by Georgia. David Pollack is a media person. How’s that any different than (a Times-Enterprise reporter) covering Ray’s event, other than (he) didn’t talk? — (Pollack) did.
“It just seems like to me that if the NCAA is worried about those things, they’ve got bigger fish they need to fry like money being offered to players and coaches lying about what players did and all that kind of stuff — instead of a small school trying to make a nice announcement where a kid’s going to school.”
This whole thing with Drew’s announcement and the violations strikes me as being cut from the same cloth as excessive celebration penalties. I get the underlying point in both situations, but there’s something wrong with penalizing for kids innocently enjoying the moment. Especially when there are bigger fish going unfried.