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NCAA Weary of Peanut-butter but Doesn't Mind Weed

Jun 27, 2007 – 9:43 PM
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Pete Holiday

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Not even two weeks ago here at the FanHouse my colleague Brian Grummell called the NCAA on its absurd supplement policy. The NCAA can't help it, though. Our friends in Indianapolis are very, very concerned about the health and safety of the student athlete. So much so, in fact, that they can't leave the diet of the students to the schools themselves. The number of PB&Js a student-athlete gets to eat is of utmost importance. Never mind that pesky "Core Value" about institutional autonomy -- it's clear that the member schools can't be trusted to appropriately hand out their Skippy, Jif, and Peter Pan.

With their supplement policy, the NCAA has taken a clear stand on the issue. That's why it's so comforting to see them take an equally clear stand on the issue of illegal drugs. Specifically, they can't be bothered to administer a program to test for illegal drugs. That the schools can handle for themselves, and if the schools choose not to test their players, well, I guess they're all clean!

With so much talk about what's good for the student athlete, wouldn't it make sense for the NCAA to place more emphasis on illegal drugs as opposed to the number of carbs some linebacker gets per day?
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