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Just When You Thought the NCAA Could Get No Worse

Fare thee well, Madaris.

Long heralded as an organization that thrived on doing whatever the polar opposite of logical, sensible, and reasonable is, the NCAA stuck another feather in its cap today by denying BSU TE Madaris Grant’s petition for a 6th year of eligibility. Grant redshirted his freshman year in 2005 and after playing in 06, 07, and 08, tore his ACL in the first quarter against North Texas in game 1 of his 5th year. Apparently, that doesn’t qualify as a hardship or something flukey enough to dictate a 6th year. So, congratulations, NCAA as you yet again make a tremendously poor decision that tremendously impacts the athletes you’re supposed to advocate for. Top notch, as always.

Making matters worse, Grant wasn’t honored at senior night last season because the staff was fairly sure he would get a waiver. Same for Quale Lewis, who ended up getting his. The difference? One of Quale’s lost years wasn’t voluntary in terms of a redshirt and was instead the result of another injury. Grant will stick around the program, though, as Parrish was quick to announce that he would be joining the ranks as a student coach. And there’s an extreme need for that sort of specialized attention on the tight ends since with this little piece of news the TE cupboard at BSU looks pretty bare.

Sophomore Zane Fakes likely rises to the top of the depth chart, with three freshman behind him, two of which are true freshmen. Normally that would worry me, but after seeing the youth we threw out on the field last season, this isn’t enough to raise an eyebrow.

To be truthful, between Quale and Grant, I thought Grant was a lock to get his waiver. Worst case scenario was Quale didn’t and Grant did. Once Quale’s came back favorable, it was finally looking like fate was smiling on the Cards. As it turns out that uppity bitch fate was simply smiling at us to distract us while she kicked us square in the balls. Damn you, fate!! Damn you straight to hell.


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