NCAA JUCO CRACKDOWN
Since the NCAA instituted the rule requiring student-athletes to project a 1.6 scholastic average before they could be declared eligible, many Western schools have turned more and more to junior colleges for their manpower. Sadly, if predictably, there have been gross abuses. Hopeless students would be placed in a junior college, where they would pump up their grades with sports theory and coaching courses and then breeze into a four-year university after a semester or two.
Now, the NCAA has refused relief to those schools which had misinterpreted the complicated transfer rules. This could play havoc with the chances of several Western football teams. Many players who transferred from junior colleges at midyear and participated in spring practice have been declared ineligible for next fall's schedule. In the Big Eight, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Missouri have been hardest hit by the new rules interpretation, and Missouri is ready to appeal, essentially, that it is suffering ex post facto legislation.
Since the schools claim to find the rules confusing and not clearly written, the Missouri suit surely should be considered. But the tighter regulations are certainly welcome. The NCAA should rewrite them with more clarity and then enforce them.