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Wednesday
Mar092005

Last Word on Neuheisel?

As always, the SportsLawBlog has a terrific write-up on the situation.

The gist-


The NCAA has a tough task in regulating amateur, intercollegiate athletics,but its tendency to strictly rely on its often contradictory rules has hurt athletes (see Jeremy Bloom, Mike Williams).  And now its own employees could not keep up with the changing bylaws, creating the loophole through which coach Neuheisel escaped, costing the NCAA $2.5 million dollars.

In the end Neuheisel claims he was vindicated, but he escaped on a technicality, as the NCAA argued in its letter published yesterday (and reproduced on CollegeFootballResource).  But the NCAA also got a taste of its own medicine, so the author is somewhat unsympathetic to their having to pay for their slipup.

The people most hurt by the situation are the athletes and fans of the "once proud" UW football program, who suffered through a 1-10 season last year, as well as the smoldering mess in Neuheisel's wake at Washington and Colorado, both under heavy investigation and sanction from the NCAA and suffering on the field.

Great, great read.

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