The NCAA might be able to prevent Josh Huff, a senior wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks, from charging people admission to his birthday party, but it certainly can't hold him back from speaking his mind.
Daily Emerald's Victor Flores reports on the flood of tweets pouring from Huff's account, most directed at the NCAA for its part in canceling his upcoming birthday soiree.
Now, to be clear, the NCAA, according to Huff, isn't stopping the shindig because it hates parties—the organization isn't that intrusive. No, it has issues with an amateur athlete charging money to throw a massive party.
As we have seen in various stories this year, there is no shortage of people who take umbrage with that particular stance.
Thanks to Flores and Huff's Twitter feed, here is how things stand:
We take a humorous break for a fan who is concentrated on what he believes is the biggest item in all of this swirling mass of controversy: keeping Huff on the field.
Huff finishes things off with a reminder: The NCAA may take his ability to charge money, but it will never take his ability to party.
As with anything NCAA-related in the past couple of seasons, you can always make a connection to Johnny Manziel. The preseason was dominated by Manziel, allegations he received money to provide his autograph to a broker and the ongoing debate over amateur athletics and the massive amounts of money the NCAA garners because of them.
Manziel's story served as a reminder that collegiate stars don't really own their names. Making money off their autographs, something available to any superstar or celebrity, is prohibited.
But it's not like the NCAA is actually making money off "names" anyway.
Before we leave, we simply have to remind you of ESPN's Jay Bilas and the compelling, albeit hilarious, search queries he delivered on Twitter in the wake of the Manziel controversy.
We will only give you one to jog that memory of yours.
Essentially, you could hop on NCAA's online shop and look for a name and purchase a jersey because of that name.
Of course, the media buzz around this caused the NCAA to look into its online tool and disable it.
For Huff, his plight will hardly transform the way the NCAA treats athletes and their ability to make money.
What it will do is keep the debate going as to amateur athleticism in this country, and more specifically those athletes taking the gridiron in front of stadiums filled with fans and millions watching from home.
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