A UCF kicker says NCAA rules are forcing him to choose between playing college football or making YouTube videos. The kickoff specialist, Donald De La Haye, explained his predicament in a video he posted over the weekend on his channel, which has more than 53,000 subscribers. Here is that video.
Basically the NCAA told De La Haye to either quit playing the game you love or quit trying to perfect your craft and get better at your marketing career, which he will need if football doesn't end up being his career after college. Tough decision for anyone to make let alone a 18 to 22 year old. In his video De La Haye seemed pretty confident that he was going to be able to continue to do both. But apparently he forgot who he was dealing with. This is the NCAA. The same people who busted The Ohio State University football program when players sold their championship rings and football awards, their own personal property. The NCAA is fine with them exploiting these college athletes for their own personal gain, but as soon as one of those athletes does anything to make a name for themselves, they drop the hammer. Hopefully things work out here for De La Haye and he doesn't have to give up football or stop pursuing his career outside of athletics. But judging by the NCAA's track record, I don't think that is going to be the case.