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NAIA allows Cameron Rodriguez to keep $20K after hitting half-court shot at Oklahoma City Thunder game


On November 18, Cameron Rodriguez hit a half-court shot during a break in the Denver Nuggets-Oklahoma City Thunder game, with the award being $20,000 dollars. However there was a question if Rodriguez, a student-athlete on the Southwestern College basketball team, could accept the payment.

Southwestern College is an NAIA program in Winfield, Kans. The NAIA disallows players benefiting financially off their specific athletic skills. On Tuesday, the NAIA announced that an agreement had been reached after Rodriguez and the school recommended that Rodriguez use the money toward a scholarship.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore forward for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders gets the money and retains his eligibility. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

“We’re pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the NEC [National Eligibility Committee] that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use towards his education,” NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr said in a statement on Tuesday. “We feel the NAIA is the student-centered association in collegiate athletics, and this decision by our membership reflects that emphasis.”

“We are proud of our student-athlete for doing the right thing in contacting his coach before he did anything,” Dick Merriman, Southwestern College President said. “We are also proud of the NAIA for doing the right thing in their ruling. I am pleased with this outcome.”

[h/t Matt Norlander, CBS Sports]

John Brown University holds annual Toilet Paper Game (VIDEO)

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Max Hopfgartner didn’t just give John Brown University, an NAIA school in¬†Siloam Springs, Ark., a 3-0 lead early in the home opener against Crowley’s Ridge College on Saturday night. He also gave the Golden Eagles a technical foul.

After the first bucket, during the home opener each season, the JBU fans throw rolls of toilet paper on to the floor. For the 2,300 fans inside the Bill George Arena this has been a yearly tradition for 33 years. In 2011, Jeff Eisenberg, of Yahoo Sports The Dagger, wrote about the odd tradition that results in two free throws for the Golden Eagles opponent every time.

John Brown University won the game 82-67 and improved to 2-0 on the season. More importantly, the Golden Eagles are now an impressive 32-1 in Toilet Paper games.

The NAIA has some awesome college basketball traditions, such as Taylor University’s Silent Night.

[H/T The Dagger]