It shouldn’t be that hard to find a misuse of university funds in a high-profile college athletics program. The rules are so arcane that entire compliance departments must be maintained to check about the number of text messages sent by the third assistant coach to a 16-year-old in Butte, MT, since Tuesday (and how the university can get around that limit).
(Our money’s on the pink one)
On the other hand, we can also get stories about University of Wisconsin football players using room-and-board stipends to purchase a moped or two after they save money rooming together or learning to budget better. So we finally get college football players to learn a valuable life lesson and now we’re calling them on it?
Of course, maybe no one would have noticed if one of the mopeds hadn’t been used in the commission of a DUI. It’s truly reprehensible enough to drive a motor vehicle while inebriated, but a putt-putt motorcycle? And here we were trying to compliment you kids!
If the money was mandated for room and board only with receipt tracking worthy of a Fuller brush salesman, the students would spend every last dime each term. We did the same with our food plan in college, ending up with seven cases of Coca-Cola in our dorm room on the last day of each term.
Heck, we knew a girl that used her student loans to pay for everything from books to rent to car repairs. (Well, that and the nude modeling.)
This is what college students do. Unless the NCAA plans to manage every dime of a student’s finances or just pay them for their full-time job of college football, then let’s move on to assisting Wisconsin football players with rides home from drunken parties.
(Assuming that doesn’t break some kind of NCAA rule, of course.)