by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
It is not often that people or organizations elect to punish themselves, but that is exactly what Nebraska did. On Tuesday, Nebraska admitted of their own accord to the NCAA that from 2007 to 2010 they gave almost $28,000 to their football players in the form of textbooks and school supplies. It is legal by the rules of the NCAA to provide required textbooks. That is not the problem here. Nebraska crossed the line when they purchased texts and school supplies that were not required.
The Associated Press reports that “the school said it outlined the violations in a report to the NCAA, pertaining to book scholarships, extra benefits and a failure to monitor. It self-imposed a two-year probationary period as well as a fine of $28,000 payable to charity.” According to reports from Nebraska, the football players have already paid back their portion of the extra funds to various charities. The Associated Press also reports that Nebraska said “it has processed 57 such repayments that were valued at more than $100 and another 181 that were less than $100….Nebraska athletic department spokesman Keith Mann declined additional comment Tuesday.”
In their report to the NCAA, Nebraska not only expressed that they wished they had not conducted themselves inappropriately but that they also enacted a new process for allocating scholarship books to athletes. According to the Associate Press, Nebraska also added, “…in all cases, bookstore employees and athletes believed the recommended books were included in scholarships.”
This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.