Why yes for Mo’ne Davis but no for Gurley?

Little League star Mo’ne Davis was cleared to do a car commercial by the NCAA. (Brian Garfinkel)

Little League star Mo'ne Davis was cleared to do a car commercial by the NCAA. (Brian Garfinkel)

NCAA cleared Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis do car commercial but won’t allow college athletes to sell autographs. (Brian Garfinkel)

This blog has been updated with the news that Georgia is filing a request with the NCAA for Todd Gurley’s reinstatement. A full column will be posted later today.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column.

Here are two updates on the Todd Gurley situation:

•  The Georgia tailback is still under suspension, but school officials announced it will file a request for reinstatement with the NCAA later today and hopes to have him available for “our next game,” which against Florida next week. The question is whether the NCAA will relatively rubber-stamp this and limit Gurley’s suspension to two games or add to it.

Gurley released a statement, reading: “I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support. I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.”

•  The NCAA has been hammered over the issue of student-athletes being allowed to profit off their likeness and image. I wrote about it here. Even when the NCAA makes seemingly the smart and correct ruling on whether a young athlete can profit off their image or likeness, it exposes just how lame and contradictory all of the organization’s other rulings are.

Consider: During Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night, 13-year-old Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis appeared in a Chevrolet commercial. Here it is:

Several  people on Twitter and other forms of social media immediately wondered if Davis, who clearly profited off her image as an amateur athlete, had jeopardized her eligibility should she one day wish to play college sports. (Davis has said her dream is to play basketball at Connecticut.) After all, how was this different from Georgia running back Todd Gurley, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and presumably others capitalizing off their image by allegedly signing autographs for profit?

Credit to the NCAA, an organization that generally is slow to respond to queries, because it quickly issued a statement on Twitter (10:17 p.m.): “Mo’ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility.”

I asked @InsideTheNCAA if it would be OK for Mo’ne Davis to sell her autograph as well:

No response.

The NCAA then followed up on Twitter with this: “Since January, NCAA Division I membership gave staff more flexibility to consider unique circumstances when determining eligibility. The NCAA staff’s decision was made with this process and based on a combination of considerations. This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate to professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not.”

Here’s my read on the situation: The NCAA is scrambling. And  softening. As a I wrote last week, the organization has been sticking its finger in the air to check wind direction with increasing regularity. It realizes it is being hammered over this issue of “amateurism.”

Is the Davis decision good news for Gurley? Maybe. As the NCAA points out, these were unusual circumstances. A 13-year-old female baseball player isn’t the same as a 20-year-old Division I tailback at a major university. But the core issue is really the same. The NCAA can’t deny that.

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Dawg258
Dawg258

@Jeff - Follow me on this one.

Is it then "unique circumstances" if Jameis Winston profits off his likeness of football after the bowl games considering he is "done/going pro" and the position he would play in the NFL probably wouldn't allow him to play MLB which would fall under the same methodology of "unlikely" to the NCAA to become pro in baseball, which would allow him to be paid and still be eligible to play baseball for FSU in the spring?

Just a thought. Curious to the response.

Go Dawgs !!!

OH-IO
OH-IO

Speaking of the NCAA, UNC deserves the death penalty. 

MikeS777
MikeS777

Ok trolls, I've had enough for a while.  Better make sure those curtains are pulled tight so you don't turn to stone.  I'd hate to be the only one to enjoy your company haha.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 Have a good day at work Mike..........enjoyed the debate.

OH-IO
OH-IO

" pretense of discipline."


mike


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dog in co-esque

MikeS777
MikeS777

Bottom line, if your a brand name or the top team in the nation, the NCAA will look the other way or slap you on the wrist.  If you aren't in the running to make them big money in championship games, all the sudden here comes the multigame suspension and pretense of discipline.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 Get over yourself.  It's clearly not just me wondering what is going on, but go ahead and believe this is a governing body with its act together if you want.  We all know the whole town of Tallahassee has had a hand in covering for Winston.  The whole Winston situation is as dirty as it gets.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 You mean handing down punishment 5 years later after they already won the games, won the national title, got all the rewards, and everything that went with it?  Yeah way to go NCAA.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd So how should they have done it....the right way i guess?...............you have a player that has obviously and admittedly broke the rules and you want to sling shat on everyone but your own...............shocker.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd Well my god, do you expect to go back and play the games again?............snap out of it. That's about all they can do.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 Kinda like the NFL with Spygate.  The Patriots cheated for years, and won 3 Super Bowls in the process.  Everyone still talks about them like it was a genius dynasty too.  Handing down punishment years after the fact doesn't take away the results and what the fans remember.  People still call Ga Tech the 2009 ACC Champs, and rightly so.  They won in it on the field no matter what the NCAA did after the fact.

MikeS777
MikeS777

As for the suspension, AJ Green got 4 games back in 2010 while Cam Newton got...one practice.  I think Dez Bryant got suspended for a whole year for meeting with Deion Sanders.  Todd Gurley has sat two games.  Meanwhile Winston has sat one or a variety of off the field issues that you could easily argue are worse than signing an autograph for money.

You're right, Jeff.  The NCAA really looks hypocritical with every case.  They clearly don't have their act together either in their ability to investigate situation or their ability to rule on them consistently and in a timely manner.

I bet if UGA was #1 and headed for a playoff birth, then the suspension would be lifted.  As it stands, like in 2010, they aren't a playoff favorite by most accounts, so the NCAA might pretend to be tough on discipline.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 AJ got a 2 game suspension didn't he.........Winston has been suspended 1 Fb and 3 BB games, and he hasn't admitted to taking $ for autographs.......TG did. And what did Cam do?...........not the fictional stuff that y'all like to bring up that was never ever proven?

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 No AJ Green missed the first 4 games.  He came back in week 5 vs Colorado.

And it wasn't what Cam did.  It was what his father did which by NCAA rules should have resulted in punishment for Cam.  It has happened in other cases.  Just not in the case of the clear national champion favorite as the 2010 season went on.

I really don't think you want to make excuses for Mr Winston.  Sort of kills any credibility your argument would have.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd UGA suspended him 2 and then NCAA made him miss 2 more i thought...........And i am pretty sure that the NCAA investigation turned up anything on Daddy Cam? And believe it or not i could care less about my credibility on here........why should JW be suspended.........what has the NCAA found against him?

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 Exactly, he missed 4 games. UGA held him out of the first 2 so that he doesn;t cause them to forfeit any games.  The NCAA then decided it should be a 4 game suspension, which is why the 2 more were added on.  Otherwise, it would have been just time served like what UGA hopes for Gurley.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 The NCAA suspended Cam for one practice because they did have reason to believe Daddy Cam shopped him in violation of NCAA rules...ONE PRACTICE LOL

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd I think it is more the fact that since AJ and TG both accepted $$, then they couldn't play because the guilt was apparent, and would have caused forfeitures.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd They had reason to believe?...........C'mon Mike, that has to sound silly even to a die-hard dawg fan.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 Winston is also being investigated, but he's not fessing up.  Fisher is taking a real chance here because if the NCAA does find something, FSU's whole season will be forfeit except for the Clemson win haha.  UGA could have still played Green and Gurley but like you said they dont want to forfeit games.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 Why do you think they suspended him for a practice then?  They clearly found something.  Auburn even banned the father from attending games.  So please stop trying to pretend nothing was going on.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@OH-IO @MikeS777 No I just dont want you to turn to stone.  I'd hate for everyone to miss out on your top shelf trolling.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeS777 @gtcaryd Well Mike my take is this.....if JW and the Noles were in last place in the atlantic, you dawgs would never mention any of this........quite similar to Cam, your rival had a player your dawgs felt like they couldn't  beat .........same way with JW........no JW, no FSU.

tombea75
tombea75

@gtcaryd @MikeS777 

Don't be concerned gtraryd, Georgia will beat the shat out of GT with Marshall and Douglas carrying the rock. Crawl back into your hole now.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO Zach was a Bad Dawg!............bad dawg......good QB......good luck to him.

MikeS777
MikeS777

I think UGA will run the table if they can keep the current momentum rolling. They will for sure if Gurley comes back.

MikeS777
MikeS777

I think the Gurley suspension has been the best thing for the Bulldogs.  Clearly they have elevated their play as a team, and are playing better than before.  They do need him back though as their RB depth situation is dire.  Marshall is not ready to play yet and Sony Michel has been out with an injury too.  That has "left" them with Chubb and Douglas as the only RBs left.  Hard to complain the way those two have been running, but you also don't want to drill two of their young running backs into the ground.

MikeS777
MikeS777

Glad to see the usual trolls are filling the comment section before dawn.  I guess they don't want to see the sun and get turned to stone.

OH-IO
OH-IO

"The question is whether the NCAA will relatively rubber-stamp this and limit Gurley’s suspension to two games or add to it."


Schultz


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I'll go with add to it

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH-IO

That's because you're a lying hypocrite--like tampongator1.

OH-IO
OH-IO

dogs:


It's not faaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrr!!!!!

MattSavage
MattSavage

NCAA bylaws governing amateurism apply to current, and prospective student athletes only. By definition, an individual is not a "prospective student athlete" until he or she beings the 9th grade. (with one exception - men's basketball which is the 8th grade). Since Davis is not in high school yet, the NCAA regulations do not apply to her. That's the distinction. You may criticize the NCAA for prohibiting student athletes from profiting off of their own name/likeness. But attempting to point out an absurdity by comparing an 8th grader and a college student is not the way to do it.

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

The girl is not nearly as likely to spend the money on bars and illegal drugs.

SinceVince
SinceVince

That South Carolina loss still lingahs.....

OH-IO
OH-IO

@SinceVince



12/13 was hunting you down yesterday, Said you were "Ovah".

SinceVince
SinceVince

I have a feeling our Dawgs will drop in the polls after the bye week...Stay tuned

DawgNole
DawgNole

@SinceVince

"Our" Dawgs??? LOL

A few of the folks were wondering where you've been hiding in light of UGA's success the past couple of weeks. I assured them that you'd be back with your ongoing fraudulent act as a Dawg fan. And, of course, here you are--continuing your tired charade and stupidly believing you're actually fooling anyone.