The NCAA has finally made their decision on UCF kicker Donald De La Haye and his You Tube channel. The ruling is that De La Haye is ineligible. This comes after the UCF kicker refused to shut down his channel, which was making the young man money out of defiance to the ruling.
We have been covering this story since it came out several months ago. The move by the NCAA not a surprise considering they don’t give much space for athletes making money of their own names.
Clearly UCF deferred to the NCAA on this matter and did not back up their athlete which is typical. This is what I wrote in regards to wondering what the next steps would be:
De La Haye’s defiance however, especially the longer UCF holds out on making any sort of move is interesting. Does he have a legal case to keep his YouTube channel? Any other student that goes to the school is allowed to make money off a Youtube channel or any other creative outlet. Why can’t a student athlete do the same? Does the NCAA have the legal authority to actually stop his channel? We know the NCAA has a tremendous amount of authority when it comes to student athletes, but that doesn’t mean they can stop De La Haye from producing his content and making a profit from it.
It’s doubtful that this is going to be the last chapter in this story. De La Haye’s defiance certainly does lead one to believe that he’s going to be willing to fight his current status. There’s a possibility it will move beyond the NCAA and into the court system. So far there isn’t any sign whether or not De La Haye will take any further action. With that said, this whole ordeal certainly adds to the nuances around NCAA rules, where they seem to operate in this large gray space, where the only thing that’s clear is that the money stays away from any student athlete by any means necessary.