A tree died somewhere between Lawrence, Kan., and Indianapolis last year. No one got the age or genus of the former forest dweller, but judging by its massive output, it probably was in the neighborhood of a redwood.
It gave its life to a worthy but ultimately unwinnable cause, sacrificing its proud bark in the form of voluminous amounts of documents to help two would-be Kansas players prove they should be allowed to compete as freshmen.
And there, in the tree's graveyard, lies perhaps the greatest disconnect between the NCAA, its Eligibility Center and the people it's trying to govern: When it comes to determining a high school student's initial academic eligibility, quantity doesn't matter. Quality does.
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