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National Analysts Slam NCAA’s Suspension Of BYU Star Yoeli Childs

Jeff Allred, Deseret News

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball star Yoeli Childs nine-game suspension from the NCAA for hiring an agent before filing the proper paperwork with the governing body of collegiate athletics has raised some strong opinions.

ESPN College Basketball insider and analyst Jay Bilas who has always been willing to share displeasure with the decisions made by the NCAA weighed in on Childs nine-game suspension saying, “Wow. Sanctioned for choosing to come back to school. What purpose does this serve? None. Embarrassing.”

Bilas chimed in again on Monday telling the NCAA to reverse the “unconscionable” suspension.

Bilas hopped on BYUtv’s BYU Sports Nation on Monday and said he was hearing from reputable sources that the NCAA was looking at suspending Childs for the entire 2019-20 season.  Imagine the meltdown had Yoeli lost his entire senior season?

ESPN and Pac-12 Network play-by-play voice Roxy Bernstein, who has called numerous BYU basketball games the past few seasons, shared his thoughts on Yoeli’s suspension.

ESPN college basketball analyst and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg weighed in on the big picture of the NCAA letting student-athletes come back from the NBA Draft process.

Former New Mexico Lobos head coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla had a tongue in cheek remark, but honestly, makes you wonder.

Anyone who has a reasonable line of thought has looked at this suspension and slammed it, yet the NCAA has denied BYU and head coach Mark Pope in their appeals for the suspension.  Pope went on to say he was “incredibly disappointed” on the denial of the appeal.

No official statement has been issued from the NCAA regarding this suspension of BYU’s star basketball player.  But the NCAA could amend the suspension, just like they did with the requirements to be an authorized agent.  The NCAA would be well served to show that they support student-athletes actually coming back to college to enjoy the collegiate experience.

With their decision to suspend Childs for nine games, they are making it clear to college basketball players that if you declare for the Draft, stay in, because your eligibility could be up in the air at that point.

It’s good to see some common sense from the significant talking heads in college hoops slamming this suspension.  But it would be even better if the NCAA had a little bit of that common sense in their decision making.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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