In today’s edition of “Are You Kidding Me, NCAA,” we have an update on the situation involving Jake Olson. If you remember, Olson was the ten-year-old boy who visited the USC Trojans as part of a Make-A-Wish visit.
Olson was battling cancer and, before he went blind, he wanted to see a USC practice.
The university and the foundation made that happen. Now, a decade later, Olson is hoping to walk-on to the Trojans team as a long-snapper.
Unfortunately, the NCAA has yet to clear Olson because his Make-A-Wish visit may be an “impermissable benefit.”
Are you joking?
BarStool Sports passed along more information on the story.
It is an absolute shame that the NCAA is using “protocol” in this type of situation. Rather than allow a young man who overcame a deadly disease to achieve his dream and become an inspiration to thousands of others, the greedy, often-times contradictory organization is holding a firm stance that makes them look even worse than ever before.
Let’s just hope that the NCAA can come to their senses and allow Olson to walk-on the team.
After all, aren’t we supposed to support those who are chasing dreams? C’mon, NCAA. Get it together.
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