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Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 9:47 am
As unsavory as it seems, the question must be asked -- did Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter break NCAA rules by donating a kidney to one of his players?

Walter is the celebrated Wake Forest baseball coach who was the talk of Tuesday, basically saving the life of freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. Two months after committing to Wake, Jordan developed a serious kidney condition that caused him to undergo dialysis 18-20 hours a day. 

Walter was a medical match for his player who needed a kidney transplant. The coach didn't think twice about donating. But the act did seemingly break the letter of the law. The NCAA extra benefits rule prohibits, "any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation." 

The essential question the NCAA would ask is: Would Walter's kidney be available to the average student? I think we all know the answer. Walter only has two and chose to give his "first" kidney to one of his players.

I don't know if Wake asked the NCAA's permission -- I don't know if the NCAA wanted to be asked -- but the association isn't as cold-hearted in these situations as it might seem. This case involving Boise State from last summer seems to closely resemble the Wake Forest situation.
If you want to want to be a real jerk, go ahead, turn in Walter and Wake Forest to the NCAA. In this case, Big Brother might take a pass.
Category: BBD
Tags: NCAA, Wake Forest

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:41 pm

Shut up, Dodd.

Just shut up.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:24 pm

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

DODD you are a loser you might as well resign from CBS you are losing readers by the minute. This is a kids life not a cash payment or a bribe. Coach Walker did something 99% of Americans would noy do for their fellow man. Wake Forest should be proud just to have this kind of man teaching young athletes about a game and life.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

in light of the cam newton scandle, its good to know that the ncaa has rules about saving the lives of players in the ncaa. this is would be a terrible PR move for the ncaa, taking the best coaching stories and calling it illegle. it is unclear from the article if the ncaa is considering enforcing it or if it is a writer saying they could.  

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:42 pm

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

When I saw this on the CBS message boards, I thought this was a joke thread created by a user and gave a good laugh.

But with horror I now realize that a CBS writer wrote this as a legitimate article.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:16 pm

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

Dudley (Dodd) has reached a new low with his bringing this unnecessary topic to light.  He's always bringing up the negative side of everything, though at the end he softened some.  My point is writing the blog at all; why address this?  Is a chance at an improved life considered a benefit now?  To me, this was a courageous act between two friends who happen to be acquainted through sports: it is not an athletic issue, and is out of the realms of the NCAA.  If they have any wisdom, this is the last we'll hear about this, unless the idiot Dodd keeps up his obsession with irrelevant, negative reporting.  When I first heard this story I thought of it as very touching, never did I think "gee...I wonder if the NCAA will consider this gift of a potentially better life for this young man an illegal benefit?"  What kind of dollar value does one put on this as a "benefit"?  Send Dodd the way of Mike Freeman!  lol!  (Or is that loser still lurking by the water cooler at CBS?)

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:57 pm

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

The NCAA has no boundaries!

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:47 am

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

You have never read dodds' stuff? This is an obvious jab at the NCAA smart guy.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:32 am

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

The purpose of the article was to show the absurdity of NCAA rules. I'm guessing this act probably was a violation and that's why the NCAA needs to back off and deal with their problems, not real life problems.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:24 am

Was that donated kidney an NCAA violation?

What a moronic thing to write. I guess its a slow news day. ( if this kid got in a car accident would the coach not be allowed to give blood??)

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