A member of the female golf team at a West Coast Conference school was recently cited $20 for using an on-campus hose to wash her car.
Amazingly enough, writes the Daily News, the athlete got in trouble simply for using a school-owned hose – along with its water – to give her ride a once-over. The campus’ hose, apparently, is a special privilege, as ‘normal’ students don’t have access to it. Therefore, our golfer was charged with a “secondary violation” of NCAA code, which aims at maintaining equality amongst all students.
Turns out that this isn’t the only seemingly arbitrary rule by which members of the NCAA must abide. The rulebook that is now in commission is getting out of control; the Daily News calls it “War-and-Peace-sixed.” Seemingly-ridiculous NCAA rules put into effect in 2009, for example, permit schools to provide bagels, fruits and nuts to student-athletes, but not a thing more. This means, explains Yahoo! Sports, that providing just one “complimentary butter or jam packet” alongside a student’s bagel “would be a minor violation.”
Eric Reveno, basketball coach in Portland, made note of these nit-picky rules on his Twitter page:
Just heard about two NCAA violations in WCC.1) athlete using Univ. water to wash car, 2) coach text recruit "who is this?". #stopinsanity
— Eric Reveno (@CoachReveno) May 29, 2013
Note his clear feelings via his use of the hashtag #stopinsanity.