The National Collegiate Athletic Association are responsible for regulating young athletes in American schools.
They are also responsible for some of the most bizarre rules the world of sport has ever seen.
We say that because it’s been reported that a former women’s basketball assistant coach at South East Missouri State University, was forced to resign in the most peculiar of circumstances recently.
Ben Coomes, the assistant coach in question, was reportedly forced to leave his position after he gave recruits free gifts at a training camp.
Local newspaper the Southeast Missourian reported:
A former Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball assistant coach knowingly broke NCAA rules when he provided recruits with free gifts at a team camp, provided access to a Netflix account and made impermissible contact with recruits on three occasions.
The recruits, according to the report provided after the meeting, received “four camp T-shirts and four water bottles to take home with them free of charge even though the head coach had reminded the assistant to be sure payment was received for the items.”
The former assistant also provided the recruit with access “to a personal Netflix account” at an undisclosed time.
Can you imagine Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich because he allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to watch a few episodes of Orange is the New Black?