When last we checked in with The Enforcers, aka the NCAA gendarmes, they were Barney Fife-ing their way to slapping Miami (Fla.) on the wrist for turning their athletic program over to certified huckster Nevin Shapiro, and all because the NCAA itself had botched the investigation.
This led some (ahem, raising my hand, ahem) to suggest the NCAA had utterly lost control of collegiate athletics.
Well, I guess they showed us.
Now comes this, in which the NCAA proves once again it can land on a student-athlete with both feet if the student-athlete happens to be powerless enough. Unfortunately for BYU cross country runner Jared War, he apparently is.
The skinny: The NCAA has stripped his eligibility, and denied several appeals by BYU, because in 2009 he ran in a fun run while watching his younger brother compete in an event. According to the NCAA, this qualified as a "competitive" event, and, because it happened before Ward enrolled, he cost himself his eligibility.
Never mind the fact that the race was strictly a fun event, and involved runners dressed in tuxedos and animal costumes. According to the NCAA, that still qualifies as "competitive."
In which case, I can't wait for the BCS championship, when Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron takes the field dressed as Homer Simpson, and Jameis Winston of Florida State shows up as a giant pelican.