Override to be Voted on at NCAA Convention

In what appears to be a major setback for those that wanted an override of rules pertaining to college baseball, the NCAA Board of Directors have decided that the override proposal will be voted on by all the NCAA Division-I college presidents at the January NCAA Annual Convention.

Mississippi State head baseball coach Ron Polk, who led the charge to get the override of the roster cap, scholarship cap and the 25% scholarship rule, is very disappointed in the decision by the Board of Directors.

"Not to table this proposal is an evil act perpetrated by highly intelligent people who have no earthly idea what the ramifications are for our student-athletes, their parents and our coaches around the country," said Polk.

"This is just another example of the NCAA powers-to-be making rules that hurt kids, their parents and coaches, but not wanting to listen to anyone who must live with their rules on a day-to-day basis."

Polk hasn't given up all hope that the override will pass, but he thinks the chances are slim to none.

"There is less than a 1% chance that it might pass," said Polk, who, with the help of several other college baseball coaches, got 56 NCAA-I presidents to approve the initial override that caused it to be sent back to the NCAA Board of Directors.

But now he's not even optimistic those same 56 will vote to keep the override in place due to alledge quotes by the NCAA Board of Directors.

According to Polk, two statements came out of the board meeting that lead him to believe this. (Statements sources: USA Today and NCAA News)

"One quote was the NCAA Board of Directors intend to contact every Division-I president to discourage the override vote at the convention. The second quote is the board is calling for a 'concerted effort' to defeat the override attempt."

While the NCAA Board of Directors make that 'concerted effort', college baseball coaches nation-wide will be doing the same thing Coach Polk was doing prior to and after my interview with him - 'dumping' kids from their rosters to get down to the soon-to-be mandated rule that all rosters be 35 players in size. That means NCAA Division-I college baseball playing opportunities for 1,000+ kids nation-wide will no longer be available in the future.

A harsh reality for a harsh rule.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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