For those that don’t already know, I am a die hard Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic. Last weekend played and lost to a good Ole Miss team. Why the title of this post is titled to the President of the NCAA is because of an incident that happened to one of our players.
Junior Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured during the second quarter. I understand that football is a dangerous game and players gamble with the chance of injury every time they step on the field, but there has been rules and guidelines set aside for what hits are legal and what are not. If you review the hit on Kenyan, he was hit low below the knee, which is illegal, also known as a chock block. This caused him to him to break his ankle. After the illegal hit, he was then kicked in the helmet by another opposing player.
In my opinion BOTH of these players should be suspended for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Why? Because, they Kenyan can’t play the rest of the season. The only player that was punished was the player was the player that kicked him in the helmet and his punishment was for him to sit out for the first half of his following game. What type of punishment is this? All this is a smack on the hand and saying please don’t do it again.
These 2 players could have really done some extensive damage, but I’ve drifted off the subject at hand. Here is the email that I prepared to send to the President of the NCAA, but I failed to find an email for Mr. Mark Emmert or an associate of the NCAA:
TO: NCAA President Mark Emmert
FROM: Jared J. Gober (Concerned Fan)
SUBJECT: Suspension of Trae Elston
During the contest the Ole Miss Rebels versus The Alabama Crimson Tide there was an incident that was unacceptable by all standards at any level of play. After Alabama Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured and lying on the field in excruciating pain, Ole Miss Defensive Back Trae Elston kicked Kenyan in the helmet while he was down.
Was that really necessary? I’m not writing this letter because I’m an Alabama fan and we lost the game, but that type of behavior is childish and should not be allowed at this level of play. If I were watching a Division II or Division III game I would feel the same. This behavior is totally unacceptable.
I pretty much have an idea of what you’re going to tell me,”if the referee didn’t see it or call it, it didn’t happen.” Well Mr. Emmert we have now transitioned into the 21st Century and are now equipped with the greatest technology known to man.
With that being said plays can be replayed, slowed down and zoomed frame by frame; zoomed so far you have the ability to see the individuals pupils. Not using this technology to it’s fullest extent, we are discrediting these student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes have dreams of playing at the next level, but if you as the president of the NCAA don’t do your job to protect them, that dream will quickly fade away.
I understand injuries are going to happen, that inevitable, but unsportsmanlike actions are uncalled for and need to be handled with a firm hand. I honestly think they should be handled by the NCAA and NOT the University. I believe this because the University is only going to give the student-athlete a slap on the hand instead of a punishment that is meant to show the student-athlete and the rest of the student-athletes that these actions will not be tolerated.
If a petition needs to be started to bring light to this issue them I’m prepared to do so. Your job is to protect to students and student-athletes. I would like to have Trae Elston suspended for his actions during the Ole Miss/Alabama game. The reason: unsportsmanlike conduct to a defenseless player.
In the mission statement below comes directly from your web page, but according to a lot of the behavior going on in college football today it’s just to “check the clock.” I challenge you to re-read and do your job and protect the kids because you were put in that position to do so.
“We are committed to enforcing the rules and creating fair competition for student-athletes across the country. It’s the responsibility of our universities, athletic programs, coaches, alumni, student-athletes, and ourselves to be fully accountable at every level as we promote student success both on and off the field.
No one is above the rules. The consequences for breaking them need to be clearly defined and consistently enforced. Our members in Division I revised their enforcement structure in August 2013 to focus on tough but fair penalties.
Our goal is to further strengthen our culture of personal responsibility and individual accountability. Unfortunately, some people will try to break the rules—but in order to ensure a fair system, the rules and the consequences have to apply to everyone. No exceptions.”