In a November 11th game against San Jose State, Boise State running back Ian Johnson suffered a collapsed lung and cracked ribs. And just in case the young man's spirits weren't low enough, the NCAA decided to stop in and take away his main source of income, which happens to be crocheting hats and scarves.
And not only can he not make any money from them, he can't give them to charity, either. The NCAA has a star running back on their hands who is able to crochet, and willing to give hats and scarves to charities, and they've stepped in to stop the practice. I think they should have commissioned him to crochet Boise State's uniforms for next year.
I suppose there's some logic in there somewhere about "protecting student athletes," but I can't find it. Maybe they were afraid his crochet hook would slip and he'd poke himself in the bad lung.
But the good news for Ian Johnson is that he was healthy enough to get back in the lineup today for the big game against Nevada. He's had four carries for 9 yards in the first quarter of a scoreless game.
NCAA to Ian: No more beanies [KTVB.com]