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NCAA Actually Gets It Right

by Ryan Hudson

On November 22, Myron Rolle, a student at Florida State, will interview for a Rhodes Scholarship in Birmingham, Alabama. Rolle completed his bachelor degree in exercise science in just two-and-a-half years and is pursuing a master's in public administration. He was awarded a 2008 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award for his work studying human mesenchymal stem cells and hopes to pursue a medical degree after undergrad. Oh, and he's also one of the best safties in the country.

Rolle, a defensive back for the Seminoles who is already a member of the watch lists for the Lott Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, is the absolute epitome of the student-athlete. And that created a bit of a scheduling conflict. On the same day he's set to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship, FSU is playing in a key ACC-game at Maryland. However, it looks like things will work out for him.

The ACC announced Monday that FSU's Nov. 22 game at Maryland will kick off at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.

Rolle will be in Birmingham, Ala., that day to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship. He should be done in Alabama by 5 p.m., CST, which should give him a shot at hopping a charter flight to make the game by halftime.

Florida State athletics director Randy Spetman said the wheels are in motion to get Rolle from Birmingham to Maryland. The university has contacted several charter companies for prices is working through the ACC to make sure it submits everything necessary to the NCAA. Spetman said Monday he expects everything to be in place in two or three days.

Amazingly, the NCAA is doing the right thing here, and allowing Rolle to take the chartered flight to get to the game.

And don't worry about Rolle - he seems to be handling the stress just fine. "It's not going to be difficult," Rolle said. "I love this sport and I'm committed to my team. I'm going to be focused when it's time to play football."