NCAA ruins everything, Vol. 428972301: Maryland has to keep game balls in storage


There's not an NCAA rule against giving out game balls, but Maryland now does it in a bizarre way just to be sure they don't run afoul of any restrictions.

If you've ever seen a football movie, you've seen the iconic moment: the coach comes into his victorious locker room, his players gather around, he lifts up the ball from the game and hands it to his star player while the team goes nuts. Here, just look:

But thanks to NCAA regulations, Maryland put a damper on the ceremony. The Baltimore Sun reports that senior linebacker Marcus Whitfield found out after being honored with the game ball Saturday:

"We can't get the game ball until after we leave school because it's against NCAA regulations. We have the game ball but it's in the archives," Whitfield said. "That was crazy when I heard that (about game balls) when Coach (Randy) Edsall first got here," said Whitfield, a fifth-year senior.

The NCAA told the Sun that it isn't an NCAA violation to give a player a game ball, but since schools are only allowed to give players a certain money value of awards not available to student athletes, they're playing it safe and holding onto the balls until post-graduation.

More from SB Nation:

Spencer Hall recaps Week 1: The process never stops

Clemson, South Carolina move up in Coaches Poll

For FSU’s Jameis Winston, the real hype begins now

First impressions: should we worry about Alabama’s offensive line?

Taunting: Fine for Tim Tebow, not for Johnny Manziel

Today’s college football news headlines

The weekend's 39 best college football photos:

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.