O'Neil: NCAA's judge-and-jury precedent

With Michael Dixon seeking a waiver to play immediately at Memphis, last year's unfortunate judge-and-jury precedent by the NCAA in the Dez Wells appeal leaves the organization with little choice. Dana O'Neil has the story:

This isn't meant to condemn Michael Dixon. This isn't mean to condemn Dez Wells.

This isn't meant to condemn Josh Pastner and Memphis. This isn't meant to condemn Mark Turgeon and Maryland.

Frankly, this isn't meant to condemn anyone. It's just an attempt to wrap my head around a complex issue that the NCAA has made a little too uncomplicated.

Dixon, the former Missouri guard who is transferring to Memphis, will apply for a waiver from the NCAA in the hopes to play immediately and bypass the requisite transfer year. He, along with Memphis, would be wise to argue that his case is no different than that of Wells.

Like Dixon, Wells was accused of sexual assault but never charged for the crime and prosecuted. Xavier dismissed him from school anyway, just like Missouri did with Dixon.

Wells appealed to the NCAA under its hardship waiver and won, earning the chance to play for Maryland last season.

And now here is Dixon, with the same accusations and no charges, asking for the same latitude.

There's no reasonable way the NCAA can deny him a waiver. None.

Read the rest of O'Neil's story here.