The University of Oklahoma released a list of self-reported NCAA violations recently, offering us all a glimpse into the complex world of the athlete-school relationship.
Amongst numerous incidents of text messages being sent to recruits (rather than Facebook messages which apparently are ok), overly frequent telephone calls from coaches, and discussion of potential recruits in public, there were some odd revelations in the release.
Former OU tight end coach Bruce Kettle got in trouble for allegedly pocket-dialing a recruit the day after receiving an impermissible text from the player.
But perhaps the most bizzare though concerns a graduation banquet.
In what we are now terming 'pastagate', three students were served an excessive amount of pasta during the meal in May 2013.
As per the release:
"Three current student-athletes received food in excess of NCAA regulations at a graduation banquet. The three had graduated from the school but returned for an additional season of competition. The players were provided pasta in excess of the permissible amount allowed."
Shocking behavior we know - but fair play to OU for owning upto the heinus crime.
And to show repentance for their actions, the three athletes were ordered to repay the grand total of $3.83 each (the cost of one pasta serving) to the charity of their choice before they could be reinstated to the athletic program.
It really is incredible the level of detail and scrutiny that goes into maintaining the amateur aspect of college sport and the entire release is well worth a look for comedy value if nothing else.
Don't worry Sooner fans, we doubt the NCAA is going to come down too hard on any of these offenses.
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