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Unwanted spotlight: 'Daily Show' eyes NCAA ruling on wrestler

The NCAA gained more unwanted attention last night when Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” looked the case of University of Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman, who has been ruled ineligible after creating an inspirational rap song. You can see the full video below, but here are some of the highlights:

Comedy Central’s Aasif Mandvi, in his intro: “College athletes are princes of their schools and enjoy everything from the love of enthusiastic coaches [over video of Mike Rice abusing his players] to all the attention they get when they twist their poor little ankle out of their skin [over video of Louisville guard Kevin Ware being aided after injuring his leg]. But there are still some students, like this University of Minnesota wrestler, who would spit in the face of NCAA and defy their perfectly fair rules.”

Mandvi asked, “Why did they strip you of your eligibility?” Bauman said it was because he had a “song and my name was on it.” Mandvi: “What made you think you could use your own name?” Bauman replied, “Because it's my message and it's me.” Mandvi replied, “It's not your name anymore. It belongs to the NCAA.”

Bauman said he has a 10 percent “scholarship” that “doesn't cover a lot, and on top of that, I cover my living expenses.” But Mandvi said, “And then you’re also making a buttload of money on this song.” Bauman: “This song hasn't made me rich at all. I haven’t even broke even and, right now, the NCAA owns the name Joel Bauman until I graduate.” Mandvi said, “Let me tell you your first problem: You’re rapping under the name Joel Bauman. Dude, Joel Bauman is the accountant of the record label.”

Mandvi: “This type profiteering would sully the NCAA's image as stewards of amateur athletics.”

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