Yet another example of NCAA hypocrisy. Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman is a feel-good story that the NCAA should be selling to the public as a real student-athlete. Instead, he has been ruled eligible because he used his real name and wrestling affiliation while making money in the music business.
By Pat Borzi, New York Times
MINNEAPOLIS - Two sticky notes dangle from the bottom of a flat-screen monitor in Joel Bauman's off-campus apartment. In large printed handwriting, one reads, "I Will Inspire," the other, "I Will Impact."
"I have them all over the place," said Bauman, a 21-year-old redshirt sophomore wrestler at the University of Minnesota. "In my car. In my notebook. It's something I remind myself every day to live my life by."
Bauman aspires to inspire through his music, mainly hip-hop and rap. His most recent song video, "Ones in the Sky," which has a positive message and urges people to pursue their dreams, drew more than 47,000 hits on YouTube. It can also be downloaded for 99 cents on iTunes. That is a problem for the N.C.A.A.
Since Bauman performed under his own name and identified himself as a Minnesota wrestler, the N.C.A.A. ruled Bauman ineligible for the remainder of the season. J. T. Bruett, Minnesota's compliance director, said Bauman violated an N.C.A.A. bylaw prohibiting student-athletes from using their name, image or status as an athlete to promote the sale of a commercial product. The university asked Bauman to remove his name and likeness from videos on YouTube and Tunecore.com. Bauman refused. Told by Bruett that he could regain his eligibility if he used an alias instead of his real name, Bauman again refused.
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