Here's an odd one. Autoblog readers even remotely familiar with the vagaries of certain National Collegiate Athletic Association policies may not be surprised to hear it, but our colleges and universities get pretty jittery about making sure even small rules aren't broken. (Well, that's when they're not busy perpetrating major violations, we suppose.) But even this one seems pretty wild.

The fuss started when an unnamed member of the woman's golf team (not pictured above) for a school in the West Coast Conference used a university hose and water supply to wash her car. (Specifics about the golfer's name and school haven't surfaced as of this writing.) This event caused the school in question to self-report something called an "extra benefits violation" – essentially a rule made to keep student athletes from getting special privileges that other students have no access to. A secondary violation was also reported, for using water and hose that were not readily available to the general student body.

The school also is said to have fined the golfer $20 – a figure that they believe represented the cost of the use of the water and the hose. A pretty expensive car wash, if you ask us.

However, Yahoo! Sports reports, in a conversation with an NCAA spokesperson, that the organization denied participating in the decision to fine and "does not consider the car wash to have been an extra benefits violation." If true, the craziest part of the story would seem to be that the school brought this upon its own head, out of a major paranoia about rules-breaking. Hey, at least the car got clean.

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      Student athletes consume more oxygen than student non-athletes. Fines must be imposed!
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      Pretty sure at my school... the football players have access to their own dining court that the general population of students don't have access to. How does that work?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Football makes a lot of money.
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          And its all about the money, especially for schools. It's not like its about higher education or something.
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          Lots of things make money, if you do not include costs (stadium construction is a big one).
      • 2 Years Ago
      Misleading headline. Should be "University compliance officer tries to justify own existence with frivolous fine".
      Mr Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an NCAA Div 1 alum, I can say this doesn't surprise me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear somebody, deliver me from small minded people.
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      Unless there was some ridiculous fine, maybe in the hundreds, I wonder how it came to be that this was news worth reporting on. I mean $20 isn't so unreasonable even if you might disagree with the policy.
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      Sounds fair to me. How many hundreds or thousands of cars do on campus students have? I suppose you could argue that at today's tuition prices they should provide a valet car washing service but all kidding aside this would add up to a considerable expense if any student could use a university spigot to wash their car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      For what it cost for a college education now days the schools should have porters to wash the students cars for them !
      Peter Middleton
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      This is an example of how our higher educators make kneejerk decisions. What they should have done is call the NCAA and ask for a determination of the rule told them what happened and that would have been that. They however elected to report first and now have made jerks of themselves and cost the golfer $20.00 that she probably really needed. Too much education sometimes kills common sense.
      • 2 Years Ago
      zero tolerance run amok_as it always does sooner or later.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big joke the school made $17.00 profit on this one.....
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