It looks like Oklahoma is officially back.
Less than two months after the Sooners throttled Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, a report by The Oklahoman revealed that the University recently self-reported a variety of NCAA violations.
From The Oklahoman:
In the past year and a half, Oklahoma self-reported secondary NCAA violations, which were recently obtained by The Oklahoman through an open records request. The latest violation received occurred in October.
The violations range from the routine, coaches sending texts or making calls outside of the designated allowed contact times, to the absurd. Three athletes had to donate $3.83 each to a charity of their choice in order to be reinstated after they were served more than the allowable portion at a graduation banquet.
$3.83 for extra pasta? Maybe they should have just waited and had the banquet during the Olive Garden’s “Never Ending Pasta Bowl.” Not only do you get all the pasta you can eat, but unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks, too. It’s a great deal if you’re lonely and sad.
Of course, this story found it’s way to Deadspin and then proceeded to spread across the Internet like one of those damn Buzzfeed “What State Should I live In” or “What Game of Thrones Character I am” quizzes. Seriously, everyone covered it. The KFOR Social Media Bandit even tried to have a fun with it:
OU Pasta Penalty: Three OU players penalized for carb loading
People are calling it the “Pasta Penalty.” This is just one example of just how ridiculous some NCAA rules can be regarding athletes.
All-American center Gabe Ikard, who is also a straight A student, apparently had a hankering for pasta at the fall OU graduation Banquet.
Ikard and a couple of his teammates ended up eating more pasta than NCAA rules allow.
Because the OU players loaded up on the carbs, technically the trio temporarily lost their eligibility.
They actually had to pay $3.83 a piece, which was the cost of each individual pasta serving, to the charity of their choice to get back in good standing with the NCAA.
Last night, the NCAA tweeted about the issue. They’re claiming that OU overreacted and the extra pasta was fine.
Just to clarify… there are no NCAA rules regarding portion sizes, though we appreciate Oklahoma's commitment to play by the rules.
— NCAA (@NCAA) February 20, 2014
Whew, that’s kind of a relief. We don’t want to tarnish OU’s long tradition and history of cheating. Penalties for eating too much pasta? What happened to the good old days when our quarterbacks sold crack, were given cars or simply got paid for not working.
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