Here Is A Hint To NCAA Staff

In our continuing quest to be helpful to the NCAA Enforcement Staff, we have a new Maurice Clarett strategy. As you will recall, the NCAA said that it didn't investigate Ohio State after Clarett said publicly that he had received illegal benefits and improper academic assistance while starring for the Buckeyes because – we are not making this up – Clarett did not return their phone call.

Of course, sometimes things at the NCAA do not move at a rapid pace. Consider that Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus continues to twist in the wind, awaiting a decision on what, if any penalty, derives from his participation in a Miami Beach party that reportedly involved improper contact with an agent.

Dareus is not the only college football player waiting for the NCAA to make up its mind on this month-long affair.

One could see how the NCAA did such a fine job for defensive end Alfy Hill. Hill thought he was academically eligible, spent the summer at Alabama and did very well in nine hours of college level courses, and then was notified deep into Fall camp that his correspondence work to complete high school had been reviewed, He was no longer eligible and has transferred to East Carolina.

In 2006, Clarett was convicted for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. He spent three and a half years in a Toledo prison. Still, the NCAA Enforcement Staff seemed helpless to locate him. (If they had been able to make the trek from Indianapolis to Toledo, all it would have taken was a carton of cigarettes to make Carett sing like a bird.)

After being released from prison, Clarett was widely publicized as taking classes at Ohio State and working out at the team's training facility. Where is Ohio State? wondered the NCAA Enforcement Staff, which still seemed unable to follow up.

Now a new possibility.

Clarett's lawyer was quoted as saying that he wants to try out for a professional football team, the Omaha Nighthawks. Clarett will have to gain clearance to travel out of state at a hearing today.

Hint to the NCAA Enforcement Staff: Omaha is in Nebraska. Ask the College World Series director for directions, if you're really serious about enforcing NCAA rules fairly.

We will continue to monitor your competence.

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