Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pryormania Reaches New Heights

Michigan student Christopher Breece had his party plans ruined last weekend by the NCAA.

Breece, aware that hotshot quarterback recruit Terrelle Pryor was going to be in Ann Arbor, decided to organize the "Terrelle Pryor Greenwood Block Party," according to the Michigan Daily. He posted word of the event on Facebook and within two days, more than 1,500 people confirmed they would attend.

Then Breece received a voicemail message from an NCAA representative telling him that the party's description violated the organization's policies because students are considered extensions of the university's athletic department. Breece was stunned and sought a second opinion, eventually talking to Michigan officials who told him the same thing: the party, as advertised, should be canceled.

Breece was unable to delete his original listing, so he had to alter it to say the event would be "in support of Michigan football." Word spread quickly and combined with bitter, 10-degree weather, most of those who planned to attend stayed home.

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