It’s only fitting that on election night, the NCAA would hand down yet another decision wrapped in bureaucracy, red tape and legalese that exceeds the bounds of common sense.
For the paltry sum of $185 (and given 20 years ago), college athletics’ governing body deemed Indiana’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin worthy of each serving a nine-game suspension.
I shudder to think what the punishment may have been had the sum reached quadruple digits or had it been given more recently.
But at least the NCAA has caught red-handed one more evildoer. Mark Adams and his minions will think twice before they try to help another young man attempt to further his educational or career opportunities in the United States of America.
And let this serve as a warning to recent college graduates as well — if you have any aspirations of being involved in athletics at any level at any time in your life, think twice before you give a cent to your alma mater and three times before giving to the athletic department. You never know when such a lurid skeleton will jump out of the closet.
At least the nine games will give Perea and Jurkin plenty of time to take a long, hard look in the mirror and think about what they’ve done. How foolish of them to trust a charitable organization or accept the aid of those they trust and rely on (the role of parents and family for most of us) in a foreign country. Clearly, the lesson is to only lean on the kindness of strangers with their own agendas and interests — mainly in the big payday the players might one day provide.
Plus now they’ll have a whole month to figure out how they are going to pay that money back. For Jurkin, it shouldn’t take too long to panhandle $250 on a Bloomington street corner. Perea on the other hand may have to sell all of his worldly possessions and live in a van down by the river (or an RV with assistant football coach Mike Ekeler) in order to cough up $1,588.69 without violating any more NCAA rules.
Meanwhile, the failure of Indiana University to previously report this egregious error on Mr. Adams’ part and render former Hoosier Tijan Jobe ineligible will cost IU a $5,000 fine.
Fortunately for the Jobe and the school, the Hoosiers only won 10 games in those two seasons, so there’s really nothing left to strip.
It just goes to prove that the NCAA has its heart in the right place, even while its head is stuck firmly up its you know what.