The NCAA held firm in its decision to suspend Oregon State Beavers star pitcher Ben Wetzler for his alleged violation of the “no agent rule” last summer, denying the school’s appeal of the suspension Friday.
(The good news, however, is that Wetzler’s 11-game suspension will still come to an end Saturday.)
As is the norm with many of the NCAA’s rulings regarding amateurism and eligibility, the suspension of Wetzler is a farce. Even though it is technically against the rules, many baseball players looking to test the MLB waters have agents represent them during the process. The rule prohibiting agent-player contact is routinely ignored by all parties involved, but for some reason the Philadelphia Phillies, the MLB team interested in Wetzler, decided to report the “rules violation” to the NCAA. (Some have suggested the Phillies reported the violation as a petty way to punish Wetzler for not signing with them.)
Wetzler earned first-team all-conference honors last season after putting together a 10-1 record with a 2.25 ERA.
[Source: Oregon Live]