NCAA Gets One Right

August 18, 2013 at 11:43a    by Ramzy Nasrallah    

Steven Rhodes (above) served our country in the Marine Corps. He did so ahead of his dream of playing college football.

The NCAA is deferring that dream, because...well, just because.

But not long after arriving on campus, Rhodes was told that his participation in a military-only recreational football league in 2012 would hinder his immediate eligibility to play Division I college football, per an NCAA rule.

Despite his age, military service and complete lack of college football experience, Rhodes must take a mandatory redshirt and not play a single game for MTSU this season.

Rhodes finished five years of active military service and was accepted by MTSU's coaches over the summer. The snag with his eligibility was unexpected, though you have to credit the NCAA for continuing to come up with unique ways to be unmerciful assholes preserve amateurism.

The league Rhodes played in that is delaying his college football career sounds like it was intense:

“Man, it was like intramurals for us. There were guys out there anywhere from 18 to 40-something years old,” said Rhodes, chuckling and shaking his head. “The games were spread out. We once went six weeks between games.”

Well done, NCAA. You've done it again.



Nick's picture

You would think they would try to avoid news like this.

AndyVance's picture

That would presume that someone in the NCAA had a modicum of common sense, though, wouldn't it?

Charlene's picture

It is almost like George Bush is making all decisions for this group. How can any organization continually show it is incompetent and remain in power?

Oyster's picture

Bye Bye...

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

collisionbend's picture


"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

Jonnferrell's picture

This can't be the intent of NCAA rules.  They have to get their crap together--don't they?  I bet Johnny Moneyzell will be playing this year.  Too bad Mr. Rhodes can't sell his autograph for being a Marine, eh?

"I miss Brady Hoke."

hit_the_couch's picture

Military recreational league? That's like flag football. I haven't heard of posts or bases having full on tackle teams due to the possibility of injuring gov't property (Joes and Marines).
The NCAA once again proves what a piece of shit it is.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Normal Buck's picture

When I was in the Army over in Germany, the Air Force actually had a tackle football league.  Still - this is an absolute crock of sh*t.  This clown show that is the NCAA really needs to have to start answering to someone.
Edit:  looks like the USAF did away with that 20 years ago
Damn, I'm getting old.

The Vest-er's picture

Marine bases have full tackle leagues. I played in one two years ago. Good times. 
I just realized my dream of being a 33 year old starting safety for the buckeyes is over. Thanks NCAA!

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I shouldn't be surprised anymore yet I find this nauseating

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

TNbuckeye91's picture

Let me say one thing, and ill bite my tongue on this one. THIS IS COMPLETE FUCKING BULLHIT. I live right across the street from mtsu and though its not the best football to watch, i have enjoyed my times watching games there. I feel for the guy.

jestertcf's picture

That is interesting. A coworker and good friend of mine coaches the Air Force basketball team.
They/He found a gem that had just recently gotten back from deployment named Bernard James. He was more athlete than player, but man could he jump out of the gym and was a wonderful defender, being 6'10" also helps.
He enrolled at Florida State and now plays for the Mavericks. I don't ever remember hearing that he had to sit out a year.  What irks me is that the NCAA is so inconsistent with what the decree is wrong and what merits a red shirt.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

SoCalBuck26's picture

Apparently the NCAA will let you play football even if they have video evidence of a player sucker punching a guy in the face, and "allegedly" forcing himself on a 14 year girl.  But, a man who served our country and decided to play intramural football to pass time and do something fun while deployed then gets a red shirt.  I don't even know how they justify that.

Kaceybrown's picture

I would absolutely LOVE to hear them try. 

FitzBuck's picture

Here's the real issue.  No one would have brought this up.  No one would have thought this is a problem.  He could have came in and played without fans or opposing teams complaining.  For reasons best known to the NCAA this guy had to be singled out.  They could have looked the other way and no one would have ever known.  Better yet they could have realized how dumb this is and changed the rule.  It takes a real dick to screw over a vet.  
Next they will tell that Kid from Rutgers who was paralyzed he can't be on the sidelines without counting against the teams Scholarship total.  Why because they are the biggest assholes and why not.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

BuckGnome's picture

I really hope the Ed O'bannon case blows the NCAA's vision of amateurism to smithereens and finally puts an end to this farce.

zezack's picture

No such thing as a ex Marine.

Hovenaut's picture

Too bad this young man isn't playing in the ess see see.

Seriously though, we're having to read this yet be perfectly fine with the Cam Newtons and Johnny Footballs of the college football world?


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Powers's picture

Is that Aaron Paul from breaking bad?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

His twin is probably going to die.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

dubjayfootball90's picture

This is absolutely disgusting. Just unbelievable. The NCAA is such a joke. Distasteful on so many levels.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Unky Buck's picture

Hey NCAA....

If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?

YtownBuck13's picture

absolutely embarrasing.....if anything MTSU (and all schools) should be granted a waiver or something that allows military veterans who have SACRIFICED for this country to be on scholarship without counting against the overall scholarship number.

Boomcat's picture

Thats idiotic. The NCAA can go rot in a well.

cplunk's picture

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

JohnBoy's picture

Dear Mark Emmert, not only were you the Chancellor of Louisiana's Sorriest University (LSU) you sir are now also:

Thank you sir! May I have another?

RBuck's picture

Unfriugging believable. Meanwhile at Miami and North Carolina....,...,....

Long live the southend.

ohio gf's picture

speaking of miami...what ever came of their ncaa investigation?

Kaceybrown's picture

It's time to clean house and get rid of this shit show that is the ncaa today. Start over from the ground up and get people that are capable of ethical reasoning. 

cjmgobucks's picture

These NCAA clowns could screw up a free lunch. Wait a minute, a free lunch is a violation, isn't it?!  Apparently common sense and compassion are NCAA violations, too...

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

steensn's picture

Rec league > D2 football... got it...

pcuzz1's picture

Pathetic. But of course no surprise coming from the NCAA

pat cozzens

Norwalk's picture

Lets not forget, The NCAA is governed by its member schools.... our representatives have a voice and vote in rule making

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

As a Marine, I have to say this.  There are no Ex or Former Marines....there are only Marines.  Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

DannyBeane's picture

So the NCAA hates military veterans? Got that. Whatever happened to common sense?

lamplighter's picture

you have recruits showing off wads of cash - and this is all you can come up with?
Time for something new

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

This is called unintended consequences. 


oh_dad55's picture

Fantastic comments.  You guys are great!


You can't spell chump without UM's picture

If he was on an SEC team, he'd be perfectly fine. But because he's on a team from the Sun Belt, he's denied. Un-fucking-believable

Brady Hoke ate my comment

Knarcisi's picture

Fold it up, fold up the NCAA now, and send Mark Emmert out on his no good ass. This is so wrong, I don't have words. 

Buckeyejason's picture

Bunch of mafia goons.


captain obvious's picture

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Northbrook's picture

You would think there would be some mechanism to avoid doing stupid shit like this but then you remember it is the NCAA and they enjoy doing this type of thing.

GoldenBuckeye's picture

Completely shameful.  

jfunk's picture

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Yea, this is shitty.  I was in the Marine Corps, played in base leagues (some are pretty competitive BTW) and I cannot imagine being told by any college that I was ineligible because of this. I know this isn't like Vietnam Veterans getting spit on, but it certainly makes my skin crawl.  But mark emmert is a turd so this shouldn't shock too many of us. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Dr. House's picture

So by this ruling Johnny football is done with playing college football right? No? ok NCAA fuck off I bet if they could make money on him he would playing. From what I have read that the Rec "leagues" are nothing more than what you'd find at the local YMCA. Seriously I have a real problem with this. Hopefully they get killed in the press and the take the foot that's up their own ass and realize they are in the wrong. But I am glad they GOT THIS DONE QUICKLY because like most of us we are waiting for the ban hammer to come down on the u, lsu, unc and Nike university. I'm glad they have their priorities in check(wanking motion)
Major changes need to happen with the NCAA 

kmp10's picture

The NCAA, as many/all are saying, is quite the joke. It’s a clown show run by ass clowns and I detest, in totality, the (dis)organization that is the NCAA… Having said all of that I think the majority of blame specific to the myriad inane NCAA scenarios we’ve all read about over the years should NOW be placed squarely on the shoulders of the schools themselves. Not because they’re doing anything wrong, but because they collectively continue to allow the NCAA to czar over their conferences and BULLY them without a fight. If my neighbor punches me in the face and takes my lunch money and I don’t fight back, well, shame on him. If he continually punches me in the face and I don’t fight back then shame on us both. The NCAA is continually punching its member schools in the face and NEVER getting hit back. If I were the B1G, PAC12, SEC, ACC, BIG12 and ND I would cede from the NCAA, tell em to pound sand, form my own association and play for my own national title at seasons end.

Charlene's picture

And just why would the $EC want it to change? Get real

chitown buckeye's picture

I'm finding it harder and harder to see how the NCAA is going to stay in "business." It would just take a few University's with major athletic departments and fanbases to walk away from the NCAA and every college in the country would follow. I think we are getting closer to this and I for one hope OSU leads the way. Especially after stories like these.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

hodge's picture

The NCAA just reversed their decision, Steven Rhodes can play immediately.  
Court of Public Opinion 1, NCAA 0.  2-0 if you count jersey sales.

Northbrook's picture

I'm happy to see that. I take back SOME of the bad things I said about the NCAA.

Jhesse17's picture

I don't. If nobody had Valle them on it the kid would still be forced to redshirt.

Jhesse17's picture

I don't. If nobody had called them on it the kid would still be forced to redshirt.