For four months, Alabama decided to kick and scream their way into a temper tantrum of epic proportions.
And like most childish outbursts, the only result is shame.
Shame on the university that continued so long to keep guard Daisha Simmons from being eligible to play for new school Seton Hall, after she transferred from the Crimson Tide to take care of her two ailing family members.
Shame on the system the NCAA has established, where schools have to give permission for their transfers to compete immediately, even if they have already graduated, as was the case with Simmons.
Most importantly though, it's a shame that as Simmons' mother and brother both fight life-threatening diseases, the star player has had to also fight tooth and nail to be allowed to move on with her life.
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It's not like Simmons was a malcontent who was looking to stir trouble.
The 5-foot-10 player was a starter last year and posted the first triple-double at Alabama since 1998, when she tallied 37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Troy in December. She was also a stellar student, graduating in three years while many athletes struggle even to pass class.
A former four-star recruit from the New Jersey area, Simmons decided to transfer to Seton Hall because she had not been accepted to Alabama's MBA program, according to CBS Sports. She figured that she could earn a master's degree and live closer to home.
Her brother, Chaz, was suffering from a debilitating kidney disease. As she considered moving back, her mother got sick as well.
Alabama's response though was tone-deaf.
Alabama did rule that Simmons could transfer, but that because of the timing of her decision, they would not sign off on letting her play elsewhere this upcoming season.
She would have to sit a year.
That was a problem for Simmons, who wanted to play and graduate soon so she could support her family with an actual income.
Finally, after the athletic director, president and coach all stubbornly rejected their former star athlete's pleas, the university gave way to public pressure Tuesday.
"This afternoon, the University of Alabama contacted the NCAA," Alabama Athletics tweeted in a statement, "to inform them that the University supports Daisha Simmons' request for a waiver from the NCAA allowing her to be eligible to play basketball at Seton Hall in 2014-15."
It's good that the right thing was done. But it's disheartening that a school that supported Simmons through her playing career could so easily abandon her as soon as she wasn't willing to perform for them.
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