UNC Football: It’s time for the NCAA to stop being petty

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Myles Murphy #8 wears a helmet sticker in support of Devontez "Tez" Walker #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Kenan Memorial Stadium on September 09, 2023 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 09: Myles Murphy #8 wears a helmet sticker in support of Devontez "Tez" Walker #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Kenan Memorial Stadium on September 09, 2023 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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The NCAA proved once again that they are being petty in the eligibility case of UNC football transfer wide receiver Devontez ‘Tez’ Walker.

Now, this is getting personal…

The NCAA continues to provide more reason to question its decision on the eligibility status of UNC football transfer Devontez ‘Tez’ Walker, as a recent ruling makes you scratch your head as to why an exception was made for one player but not the other.

Let’s tell you about the story of Craig McDonald, who is currently enrolled at Minnesota. McDonald began his college career at Iowa State, where he played a full season as a redshirt freshman for the Cyclones.

He proceeded to transfer to Auburn, where he played in two games before suffering a season-ending injury.

Now, McDonald is at his third school and was granted immediate eligibility this week by the NCAA.

Um, excuse me?!

Let me get this straight. McDonald actually played at his previous two schools but is deemed to be immediately eligible. Tez Walker, who never suited up at NC Central, is being forced to sit out in what the NCAA is calling a “two-time transfer” policy.

How does any of this make sense?!

At this point, it seems as if the NCAA is holding a grudge against the University of North Carolina for speaking out on Walker’s behalf. In fact, it’s actually rather sad that the NCAA, which claims to pride itself in doing what’s best for the student-athletes, is using this situation to stick one to North Carolina for challenging their ruling.

At the end of the day, Tez Walker’s future is being negatively impacted, and it’s time that the NCAA does the right thing by sucking up its pride and allowing him to play for the UNC football program this season, just like they did in the case of Craig McDonald among many others.

It’s time the NCAA puts its money where its mouth is by doing the right thing.

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