UCLA’s super freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for “breaking amateur rules.” Apparently Shabazz got a free hotel room and food during a recruiting trip and that’s all it takes.
Really NCAA? He has to figure out to pay for his own hotel and food costs while traveling to be recruited to make a member of your organization hundreds of thousands of dollars?
I could go on forever but we all know the NCAA is one of the most hypocritical organizations in all of sports.
Here are the full details:
The NCAA’s initial ruling reportedly stems from a financial adviser paying for Muhammad’s travel and lodging expenses during several of his recruiting visits, but the NCAA’s statement says it’s also looking into “other pending issues” that could impact the length of his suspension.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero issued a statement Friday that says the school is “extremely disappointed” by the NCAA’s decision. The Bruins reportedly had hoped the fact that the financial adviser in question is a longtime family friend of Muhammad and his parents would lead the NCAA to reach a different decision.
“The University and our compliance staff have fully cooperated with the NCAA throughout this entire period, and we believe the decision is incorrect and unjust to Shabazz,” Guerrero said. “UCLA will expeditiously pursue its options to challenge this determination. When a final resolution has been reached by the NCAA, we will swiftly communicate the news to the entire Bruin family.”