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And Another Thing


Bureaucracy gone mad

A great big Blob raspberry to the Florida High School Athletic Association, which apparently really does have a rule against everything.

That's the only conclusion I can draw from this sad story, in which a football coach named Bill Buldini took it upon himself to do the right thing, only to discover that no good deed really does go unpunished.

His apparent crime?

He took in one of his players because the kid was homeless.

Apparently this violates some rule that prohibits school employees from promising free or reduced-cost housing for potential athletes in their programs. It's a well-intentioned rule, but as usual with bureaucracies like high school athletic associations, common sense in its application does not appear to be a priority.

Now Buldini's school has self-reported the alleged violation, and the FHSAA says Buldini is in danger of losing some of the meager $3,850 stipend he receives for coaching the football team. And all because he decided, horror of horrors, that one of his kids shouldn't be living in a cardboard box under a bridge or something.

Makes me wish I was back writing headlines again. This one, after all, is too obvious: "FHSAA Investigates Coach For Behaving Like A Human Being."

Works for me.

Ben Smith's blog.