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The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Posted on: March 17, 2008 12:47 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2008 10:36 am
There are 2 religious based schools I can name off the top of my head (Georgetown and St Joseph's) and probably a host of others whom were handed the proverbial back of the hand by the NCAA Selection committee.  This first round happens to coincide with Easter weekend.  So whomever got the Friday/Sunday slots will have to play on BOTH Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  That is beyond reproach if you ask me and completely unjustifiable.  A few years ago, the NCAA accomodated BYU and made sure they didn't play on Sunday.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2008 8:51 pm

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Looks like Washington State isn't showing much deference to Notre Dame right now!

There are actually a great big bunch of Catholic schools in the tourney this year, ND, Georgetown, Xavier, Marquette, St. Joe's, ...Creighton in the NIT, etc.  I don't know that you could hold the event if they didn't play.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2008 7:36 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Whether kids go to a "religious school" or not, the majority are probably christians.  There will be kids on every team that play on those days that recognize those holidays.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2008 10:30 pm

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

IMO They should have never given BYU a pass for playing on Sunday.  Or any other school for that matter. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2008 4:01 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

The absolute last thing we need is to inconvenience the majority to accomodate the minority

The NCAA is not a religious organization so I don't feel they should take into account anybody's specific religious holidays when determining the scheduling. Schools who associate with the NCAA should understand that

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2008 1:06 pm

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Ok lets say the NCAA commitee did decide to accomodate them and have them in the THUR/MON bracket or w/e it was.

The kids still wont be at home or at the school recognizing the holiday. Regardless of if they are playing or not, they will still be practicing each of those days i can guarantee you that. So it doesnt matter. Im sure the kids would rather play one game on those days and have the rest of the day to relax as opposed to practicing for several hours that day.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2008 10:18 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Vanderbilt isn't a "religious school".  Vanderbilt severed its ties with the Methodist church in 1914.    It does have a fine School of Divinity, though.  As for the rest, if the schools are really that religious and are put in the position of choosing religion versus basketball, they can decline the invitation.

If Jesus were really worried about it, He'd touch the hearts of the committee to have those teams play when He wanted.  And if the committee still did nothing, God would turn them into salt or turn their brackets to blood or send in a swarm of miniature Dick Vitales while the Holy Spirit cheers Him on.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2008 8:50 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Of course, if they played Thursday/Saturday, they'd be playing on Maundy Thursday, which is also an important day.

Generally, this is all bad news bears.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2008 8:35 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

I agree that most players probably don't care and would see it as a break from the typically rigorous religious aspects of their daily college lives. But this isn't to say there isn't the occasional case (I remember BYU's situation well) where a team or individual players would prefer not to play on high holy days. My view is that they need to be somehow accommodated. It may be inconvenient for the majority of the teams, and/or their fans, but if teams/players feel that strongly about their faith, there should be every effort made by the NCAA to honor their wishes. After all, the NCAA's big spiel (which I don't necessarily feel they believe) is that for scholar-athletes, there are more important things than sports. This might wash with a D3 fencing or wrestling team, but the NCAA depends mightily on revenues collected from D1 football and basketball to sustain itself. So something like BYU's case definitely tests their sincerity, which I've questioned for years. I hope if religious observance becomes a significant issue this week, that the NCAA will do the right thing ... but I'm skeptical.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2008 8:25 am

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

Obviously Public schools cannot be granted such priviledge as they are public schools and are subject to freedom of religion laws and the so called separation of church and state.  Private schools on the other hand are private entities and do not need to follow such laws and precedent.  While there are Christians at publice schools, it is not part of the University's mission to promote said religion and its beliefs and its celebrations.  The Christian faith comes down to these 3 days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Like I said earlier, if you don't believe Jesus died on the cross for us and rose 3 days later there is no Christianity.  I don't think it would have been too difficult to get all the Christian schools (Catholic or otherwise) into the Thursday/Saturday bracket.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2008 10:21 pm

The NCAA shows no deference to religious schools

If you believe that then fine. But then its a travesty to every school and every player not just religous schools.

You cant just say its bad for these certain players and schools because they practice religion openly. When there are plenty of other players at non religous schools that celebrate Easter and Good Friday.

You cant just say its bad for these certain schools when it doesnt affect just them.

And maybe its just my personal belief but i think religion and sports should be seperated. The schools religous views should not inflict on the sports teams and their coaches as we saw with Rick Majerus' comments made earlier at St. Louis U.


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