June 1, 2007

Fifth Year

Duke's lacrosse players were granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA in light of missing most of last season as a result of false rape accusations. I think this is ridiculous. Duke canceled the lacrosse season eight games in of their own decision and without any coercion. Essentially, the NCAA bailed them out of a rushed and wrong decision. I'm happy for the players, since none of this was in their control, but I think the actual decision by the NCAA is wrong. Duke could have continued the season last year and played on without the accused players, who were no longer in school. The school caved to public and media pressure, and then asked for a do-over, which they received. It's such a unique situation, that shouldn't set a precedent, but that still doesn't change my mind about the rightness of the decision.

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