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NCAA bends the rules, in a good way

Turns out the NCAA isn’t all about money. It occasionally shows heart, too.

The Texas A&M athletic department was allowed to assist the family of Tobi Oyedeji, a recruit who died from injuries suffered in the car accident early Sunday morning.

That meant allowing A&M coach Mark Turgeon and staff to visit the family, attend a benefit basketball game and attend the funeral. Even better, A&M was allowed to provide financial support to the Houston-area family for the “funeral and medical expenses at this difficult period of time.”

A basketball game played Wednesday night between two Houston schools (where others also are doing their part) also will benefit the family.

Coaches normally have a strict NCAA-mandated time period in which no contact is allowed with recruits. A&M also wouldn’t have been able to promote the charity event on the school’s website.

Instead, the NCAA bent the rules in favor of doing the right thing in a family’s time of need.

Bravo, NCAA.

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