ESPN.com - STORRS, Conn. -- UConn guard Rodney Purvis has been suspended for the Huskies' season opener on Friday against Bryant University because of a violation of an NCAA rule governing participation in summer leagues.
The school says the sophomore, who sat out last season after transferring from North Carolina State, played in more than one league over the summer, which is not allowed.
In a statement, the university said it worked with the NCAA in determining that Purvis played a single game in a second summer league, which necessitated a one-game penalty.
Purvis, who was expected to start for the Huskies, will be available when the team travels next week to Puerto Rico to participate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
The NCAA strikes again. Now, apparently, you can't play too much basketball. That's what this suspension boils down to. Rodney Purvis wanted to play too much basketball in the summer.
It's not like he was trying to get paid to play or anything even remotely close to that. No, he just played in more than one summer league. How is that even a rule? Why wouldn't you be able to play as much basketball in the off-season that you want? So if he was playing 10x as much basketball, but it was pick-up and not in an actual summer league, then that's totally OK.
The NCAA makes no fucking sense. They crack down on every single rule that doesn't need to be a rule in the first place.
This tweet summed up the NCAA perfectly.
The good news is, the first game is against Bryant. So, UConn probably won't need Purvis in order to smash them. And, he'll be ready to go for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, so in the long run, it won't matter. But if by some miracle, Bryant pulls off some crazy tricks, I'm going to absolutely lose it.
Just add it to the list of things that are absurd about the NCAA. What a joke.