NCAA's flaws on full display in time of need

South Carolina is not known for its celebrities.

There are no major cities. Not large professional sports teams. There are beaches and mountains and golf courses and barbecue and all kinds of other great things. Celebrities? Not so much.

a win. Clemson will be a favorite to all win next year. Then Lawrence is expected to become the No. 1 pick in the NFL draw. “Data-reactid =” 18 “> Except Trevor Lawrence, the second quarterback at Clemson who led the Tigers to two national championships in two seasons, winning. Clemson will be a favorite to win it all next year. Then expects Lawrence will become the No. 1 pick in the NFL draw.

Now this man is a star. With a length of 1.85 meters with smooth locks, it is perhaps the most instantly recognizable South Carolinian (even if it comes from Georgia). If such a person puts himself up for something, it will get attention.

collect money for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 20 “> So it was understandable when Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, a footballer at Anderson College, decided to use some of that notoriety to raise money for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

GoFundMe page and quickly raised $ 2,670 for “Meals on Wheels” and “No Kid Hungry.” & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 21 “> They started a Monday GoFundMe page and quickly raised $ 2,670 for charities ‘Meals on Wheels’ and ‘No Kid Hungry’.

Then the thing shut down. At least temporarily. The reason: NCAA rules prohibiting athletes from giving their name, image or likeness to a company, even a charity in the midst of these uncertain times.

“Unfortunately, Trevor can no longer be a part of this because of compliance and some rules, so he can’t help anymore,” Mowry said in an Instagram video. “And we also need to remove the GoFundMe page.”

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence watches as he competes against the LSU Tigers during the CFP title game on January 13, 2020. (Jamie Schwaberow / Getty)

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence watches as he competes against the LSU Tigers during the CFP title game on January 13, 2020. (Jamie Schwaberow / Getty)

In an effort to mitigate damage, the NCAA quickly gave each university the opportunity to decide which charities were suitable or not.

It has to go beyond that and remove this line entirely.

Know this: Neither the people at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, nor Clemson staffers who have to obey the rules are against feeding children and seniors during this virus outbreak. There is a system to work around this. Lawrence could always have asked for an exemption and maybe even received it.

This is the best move for the NCAA: don’t stop at Trevor Lawrence and Marissa Morey. Just lift all the rules for things like this for all athletes in all schools. Don’t let anyone do anything about that.

Even under normal circumstances, this rule is stupid. The fear of exploitation is used to prevent untold amounts of charity. In many places in this country, the local university star is the biggest celebrity there is.

Is there any way that Lawrence can get some extra benefit by raising money? Certainly. Everything is possible.

Does it matter?

No. It does not matter. We all want quarterbacks of stars to think of things and causes greater than themselves. We want them to think about how they can help the less fortunate. We must encourage this kind of activism of schoolchildren.

Besides, Lawrence, and stars like him across the country, can be used to raise money by athletic departments appealing to donors. That is a good cause that everyone in the athletics of the university is good with.

Let the coronavirus change the rule here, if not only temporarily, then hopefully forever. Clemson is not even in session at the moment. The campus is empty. There are no football-related activities. Should the NCAA even control its actions?

This situation is just as much a reminder of a burdensome bureaucracy and an overly cautious rulebook as any individual crime. It is clearly indefensible.

Have Trevor Lawrence run his GoFundMe page. Let everyone else start their own. Whatever damage can be imagined, it will not live up to all the good that can come at a time when this country needs all of it.

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