Lets wait to see what the coaching staff says before people start speculating and running to his Facebook. The info should come up soon enough, someone is going to ask J now that "it's out"
I think if he thought it was a big matter, you wouldn't see Deitchler in the wrestling room at all...I would have to assume then, (notice the word ASSUME) in my opinion (notice the word opinion) that it is a simple clearinghouse thing and that he is either eligible next semester or next year.
"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."
Sorry to be late to the party here, but I had to do some travelling for work again (in Cedar Rapids, Iowa tonight).
Was in Rochester on Friday for a wedding reception....we bumbed into several team members and coaches. Hung with those guys for a good three hours talking wrestling and life and every one of those guys are so damn nice in person that it makes you appreciate supporting college athletes like these!
Talked to Deitchler and he said he was cleared Friday by the doctor and was ready to go. While he was not totally selling me on that, I didn't have it in me to press him on the eligibility issue...wish I had.
All things considered, having not anticipating running into those guys...that was one of the greatest memories I'll now have regarding collegiate wrestling.
Heard a rumer that Jake micht be wrestling at the Midlands instead of the Scuffle now. just got this link off the guillotine and JD is on the list at 157...is it for sure???
You guys are getting way ahead of yourselves here... I don't know what's going on in this particular situation, but it does take a lot for a guy to be ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.
In terms of extra benefits... if the value of the benefit is less than $100, the student-athlete just has to donate the amount of the benefit to a charity of their choice to be reinstated. If the value is above that, a competition withholding penalty usually comes into play along with the donation, but it's usually a percentage of a season.
The NCAA generally works pretty closely with the USOC and their various NGBs on what an athlete participating in the Olympics can receive and have several exceptions built into their benefit and amateurism rules to allow a lot more than they would normally. Anything related to their competition expenses is permissible for an athlete to receive (e.g., practice gear, travel, lodging, food, etc.). Where athletes can sometimes get in trouble with the Olympics is with sponsors (see Jeremy Bloom's issues with his skiing career and playing football at Colorado). Additionally since this all happened prior to his initial enrollment in college, he would have had even more flexibility within the rules. Some of these relationships could have been permissible so long as he discontinued his involvement once he enrolled in college.
I just have a hard time believing that something could have happened here that would make him permanently ineligible. There may be issues they need to sort through here, but I would hold off on all the speculation...
Agreed Ez. J Rob and the U Minn director of compliance knew there were some benefits paid to him during his pre and post Olympic training. Most likely they investigated and petitioned the NCAA to review the eligibility, just so there is no question over the next 3-4-5 years.
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Please make Jake eligible, and let him wrestle his way to the finals at Midlands.
I've been good, honest
I doubt that he is permanently ineligible because I doubt he got more that 5-15k for his experience in Beijing, but I could definitely see there being quite a few hurdles to jump through to get him eligible...
MN will take care of him well and he'll get on the mat.