An FBI investigation into widespread cheating and corruption. Broken and unfair transfer rules. Sexual assault and harassment issues. But this is the time for the NCAA to tackle something bigger: Football uniform compliance.
The NCAA released new rules this week that require uniforms to be worn in a certain manner, and while some of the recommendations make sense, how much money and manpower did they put into researching crop tops and unkept undershirts?
All players are now required to have a pad covering their knee. That's fair. So have an intern pull photos of uncovered and covered knees and send an e-mail to member institutions and partner organizations. Thirty minutes.
Nope, the NCAA went further. Players are not allowed to roll up their jerseys, something many skill players do to avoid defenders grabbing part of the jersey. Players must also keep undershirts inside the jersey, meaning they cannot hang down below the jersey.
If these seem like issues the schools should be handling themselves, it's because they are. Why the NCAA needs to waste resources on crop tops and unkept undershirts is beyond me.
They even wasted time on a cute graphic: