So where do government bureaucrats go to learn how to push the frontiers of mindless rules enforcement? Well, there are certain enclaves of the private sector who are pretty good at strict enforcement of silly rules -- The RIAA comes to mind. But where do leading brain-dead bureaucracies, like say, school boards, learn to push the frontiers of pettiness? Perhaps the NCAA can help out:
Just hours after Oklahoma football recruit Herman Mitchell was shot to
death Friday in Houston, Adam Fineberg started raising money for
But after raising $4,500, enough to cover almost half the cost of
Mitchell's funeral, Fineberg stopped. An OU compliance officer told him
his actions would constitute an NCAA rules violation against the
Now, Mitchell's mother likely will never receive that money.
That money is considered illegal financial assistance under NCAA
rules because Mitchell's brother is a sophomore fullback at Westfield
High School in Spring, Texas, and because Fineberg is an OU fan who
attends Sooner football games and solicited donations through an OU fan
Web site. [. . .]
OU spokesman Kenny Mossman said the an official with the
university's compliance office contacted Fineberg on Monday asking to
him halt his fundraising efforts until the OU received a rules
interpretation from the NCAA. That interpretation came Tuesday.
"This is not a permissible expense for OU or someone who could be
construed as an OU supporter," said Mossman, an associate athletic
director for communications. "We're not trying to be the bad guys, but
we have to play by their rules."
Because it's still a recruiting violation, even if the recruit is dead. The NCAA said the college could apply for a waiver. They shouldn't even have to -- the NCAA's reaction should have been to issue a waiver without even being asked. This should have taken a conference call among the key decision-makers about 8 seconds to decide.
Update: I may have been wrong by putting the NCAA over school boards, as a Colorado Springs school board has banned playing tag. So I guess smear the queer is out (we actually called it Kill the Man with the Ball, but I am told that Smear the Queer is the more common and even less politically correct name).