Boise State football recruit Emil Smith tragically died in a car accident recently. Upon hearing the news, the university sought out the NCAA for approval about providing support to the Smith family. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson responded to Boise State’s request:
Boise State University contacted the NCAA on July 19 regarding providing support to the family. The NCAA compliance staff informed the university on July 20 it could seek a waiver and there is considerable past precedent for granting such waivers.
Oh. Well how nice of the NCAA to allow Boise State to apply for a waiver to speak to the family of one of their recruits who just died. I can’t imagine that there will be too many recruiting violations at that young man’s funeral. It shouldn’t surprise me that the NCAA would try and regulate how much a university’s football program can speak to a dead person’s family. The NCAA is already the worst exploitative organization of children since Disney Land. This just goes to show how insanely power-hungry and out of control an organization can get if you let them.
Because Emil Smith didn’t sign a letter of intent and only verbally committed to Boise State, the football program could have faced NCAA sanctions for calling the Smith family to extend their condolences or even talking about Emil Smith to newspapers. The NCAA needs to immediately look at how it allows schools to handle the deaths of recruits who are verbally committed to programs. While it may be a rare occurrence, those families should be treated with more dignity than the NCAA is currently extending to them.