Last week, we were treated to yet another reminder of just how useless the NCAA can be when Clemson self-reported a violation after committing the grave sin of *gasp* improperly using confetti while a recruit was visiting campus.
You honestly can’t make this shit up.
The NCAA seems to pride itself on doing everything in its power to make life as difficult as possible for the people subject to its iron fist, and prior to Clemson’s scandalous admission, the organization once again proved it lives in a dimension void of logic and reason when it announced the arrival of what was dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule.”
For reasons virtually no one was able to figure out, the NCAA decided to require agents hoping to represent athletes who are thinking about entering the draft to possess a four-year degree even though people have done perfectly fine for themselves without one—the most notable of whom is the aforementioned Paul, who’s represented LeBron James with resounding success.
LeBron was just one of many people to tear into the NCAA over the announcement and the organization would be forced to defend itself (although their explanation didn’t seem to change many minds).
On Monday morning, Paul penned a column for The Athletic and politely put the NCAA on blast and it appears reason has finally prevailed, as the Rich Paul Rule is apparently no more as of this afternoon.
The updated policy will now allow agents to represent prospective draftees without a degree as long as they’ve received certification from the National Basketball Players Association, which is slightly less of a hurdle than having to spend tens of thousands of dollars and four years of your life getting an education.
I’d give the NCAA credit for doing the right thing but they were only able to do so by doing the wrong thing in the first place so I think I’ll pass.