Gotta love the NCAA. In their fevered obsession to bring absolute parity to college football, piling puzzling rules on top of nutty regulations, they provide unlimited amusement. Hey, it's either that or pull out your remaining hair.
Their latest act taking the college football world by storm: Secondary Violations.
Think of them as the misdemeanors of college football. The good news is, they won't result in a program getting the death penalty. The bad news: college coaches can rack up new violations every day and not even realize it.
Some of the latest absurd, bizarre and pointless indiscretions include:
- The cookies Clemson offered to prospective recruits and their parents during a banquet. The cookies came after cake had already been served. Violation? A second dessert is an extra benefit, according to the creative regulation wranglers at the NCAA. And, no, we're no making that up.
- Auburn may be flagged for staging an off-season "victory" celebration at Toomers Corner to show recruits a famous War Eagle tradition.
- Washington was ticketed for using a fog machine and a siren to simulate running through the tunnel on game day.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported many of these in a weekend story that may leave you more PO'd than those red-faced folks at town hall health care meetings.
Want a job in college football? As the story reports, D-1 schools everywhere are staffing up their compliance departments just to try and keep up with the kudzu-like growth of secondary violations.
And the hits just keep on coming. What's next? Don't be surprised if FSU's latest recruiting tool, Seminole Showtime, is blown dead by the NCAA-holes.