It is not often that I side with the NCAA.
As a matter of fact, I can’t think of one time that I have actually stood on the side of an organization that was created to protect student-athletes. Instead, I believe it’s done more to protect itself than anything.
However, hell hath frozen over.
It looks to me as if the NCAA did everything it could have done to keep UCF kicker Donald De La Haye employed and playing college football.
De La Haye is the YouTube video enthusiast who has his own channel making athletic themed videos. Not my cup o’ tea, but the kid has 91,000 subscribers. He does very well for himself and his videos are creative.
Well, the NCAA has ruled that that De La Haye would maintain his eligibility as a division one football player if he continued to make his you tube videos---but did not reference his status as a student athlete or depict his football skill and ability. The NCAA also allowed the kid to create videos that referred to his status as a student athlete if he would have posted the videos to a non-monetized account.
It looks to me as if the NCAA bent over backwards for this kid.
But De La Haye wants no part of the decision. He has given up his scholarship due to the ruling.
I think the kid is being short-sited.
Here’s a quote from a video he released on Monday…”All I wanted to do was to keep inspiring and motivating others thru my content. I didn’t know it would cost me my education.”
Dude, if that is truly what you are aiming to do—wanting to inspire and motivate--- ok, fine. The NCAA gave you that option.
If you truly want to inspire, make your videos, with no reference to you being a UCF football player and collect your paycheck.
Heck, go ahead and reference UCF football and your athletic status---knock yourself out---but just don’t monetize that portion.
You can still motivate and inspire under those guidleines, can’t you?
Sure he can. But let’s tell it like it is here…The kid wants to make money. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, he would have to stay within the NCAA’s boundaries.
Frankly, I have no problem with the boundaries set by the NCAA.
I think Donald De La Haye is being very short-sited.
If he truly wants to inspire and motivate, abide by the NCAA rules, continue with your passion in making videos and get back on the field.
This is on you, Donald, not the NCAA.