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.