I understand the NCAA point though. Dont change your point of view, but change your perspective.
If this simple gesture, which is just a nice thing to do can be done....whats to stop larger and more "generous" after death gifting in the future by coaches, .
The rules state something along the lines of no gifting from the university, coaching staff, alumni or any of their associates being allowed during or after a players tenure.Or all parties involved will face penalties, fines, law suits, etc.
But you cant discipline anybody after their dead.
So how do you stop a University, coach, alumni, etc. from recruiting players by promising money after someone dies 35 years from now?
Additionally imagine all the broke, down on their luck ex collegiate players that would be killing off whoever necessary to get their checks.
What Coach Smith did was a nice thing, I dont think anyone is questioning that. But its opened a door that others to follow will exploit.
And whenever theres a opportunity for something like this to happen....it happens. Maybe its happened already and this was Coach Smiths way of leading the NCAA to investigate it. Ya never know?