Baylor Football Player Ruled Ineligible By The God-Awful NCAA For Not Wanting To Be Homeless

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A Baylor running back who finally achieved a lifelong dream of earning a roster spot on a college football team was ruled ineligible by the NCAA this week after the powers that be found out he lived in a friend’s apartment while he was homeless.

Silas Nacita, a fan-favorite walk-on football player who earned an academic scholarship to Baylor last fall after transferring from Cornell, spent a year at community college while working toward admission to the four-year institution. During that time, he slept on floors and wasn’t sure where his next meal was coming from. A good samaritan, who clearly saw potential in Nacita, put him up in an apartment as a way to help out a friend. This, of course, is an NCAA violation, and Nacita is no longer allowed to play college football.

From Nacita’s Twitter account:



Meanwhile, the tone-deaf PR department at the NCAA tweeted this out today:

Nacita finished the 2014 season with three touchdowns and earned Big 12 All-Academic honors.

Baylor will likely appeal the decision and force the NCAA to consciously ban a student-athlete from participating in college athletics for finding a way to not be homeless.

UPDATE: The NCAA says it has not suspended Nacita:

[via Deadspin]

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