College athletes may be able to put cream cheese on their bagels without concern now, but there are still plenty of ridiculous secondary NCAA violations that programs must self-report. South Carolina reported 22 secondary violations, including seven from the football program. Some are pretty comical.
One infraction from last winter involved impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cakes given to prospects. Another occurred when the team laid out trophies and jerseys on a table inside the locker room, which is against NCAA rules since trophies aren’t generally in locker rooms.
The icing on cookie cakes being a violation is pretty much a perfect representation of how crazy some of the rules are. Luckily, the Gamecocks are unlikely to get in any trouble for something so trivial.