Posted: 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
By Rodger Sherman
I'm not glad that compliance offices exist: they're staffs of people employed by universities to ensure athletes don't render themselves ineligible by taking or making money, which seems like a rather complex workaround to giving college athletes money.
But since compliance offices do exist, we will continue to salute the field's superstars.
We have already shown you the works of Texas A&M; Compliance, the extremely hard workers in charge of making sure Johnny Football is, in fact, eligible. Now it is time to introduce you to Maryland Compliance.
We most recently heard from Maryland compliance with regards to their interpretation of an NCAA rule that prevented them from giving athletes game balls, out of fear the NCAA might see the rewards as gifts that could cause the athletes to become ineligible.
Somewhere along the line, the NCAA informed them that it was perfectly acceptable to give athletes game balls. This was their response:
AMA announces that '96 Interp against awarding a game ball to an SA has been recommended for archival. In other words pic.twitter.com/YVfx2xSxyo— Maryland Compliance (@TerpsCompliance) September 10, 2013
Yes, @TerpsCompliance cuts through the jargon of the NCAA's rulebook and brings you memes about what athletes are able to do. They go out of their way to make sure the memes are intensely accurate:
Easy there, Coach Bombay. 3's a crowd, 4's permissible, but 5/+ is too many SA's receiving skill instruction pre-9/15 pic.twitter.com/BN13IZGskN— Maryland Compliance (@TerpsCompliance) September 10, 2013
It seems the main idea is to remind athletes to do the tedious things they have to do to stay compliant in a fun manner, you know, so they actually remember it: