The NCAA is slammed. Anyone with even a passing interest in college sports understands that much.
Coaches, players, agents, administrators, equipment companies the list seems endless are piling up misdeeds with such regularity that the Indianapolis CSI unit might have trouble juggling the case load.
That said, Rodney Purvis deserves an up or down thumb from the NCAA academic clearinghouse fast if not today, then tomorrow at the latest.
Its not that N.C. States basketball program or its 2012-13 season hinges entirely on the NCAAs ruling on the players academic qualifications.
Purvis, a guard from Raleighs Upper Room Christian Academy, could be the best freshman in the ACC. But whether he turns out to good, bad or average, the Wolfpack should have enough talent and experience to contend for the league title and a favorable NCAA Tournament seed.
The important issues in the matter are Purvis peace of mind and ability to make a sound decision regarding his future if the clearinghouse says hes ineligible.
As of now, Purvis is not enrolled in school and probably wont be until the NCAA finishes its review of Upper Room Christian Academys academic status.
When news of Purvis jam become known on Aug. 3, the NCAAs Christopher Radford, an associate director of public and media relations, wrote an email to the News & Observer in which he said Upper Room Christian is the subject of an extended evaluation.
Radford went to say that a part of the decision timetable would depend on Upper Room Christians cooperation.
All of that makes sense, although it is reasonable to wonder why the eligibility of one of the nations top-rated recruits didnt merit some priority earlier.
Purvis was forced to stay home when the rest of the team recently went on a trip to Spain, a development that irked Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried but the player seemed to accept it with grace and understanding.
And if turns out that Purvis cant play at all this season for N.C. State, so be it. But the very least he should expect from the NCAA is a yes or no that comes in time for him to think it through and then react.
Obviously, he could play for a junior college or perhaps even turn pro and play for an overseas team.
A lesson to be learned from the Purvis story may be that students should be completely certain about the academic credentials of their high schools long before the college application process begins. But the big picture, for now, isnt the main concern.
The NCAA needs to let the guy get on with his life while theres still at least a little time left for him to develop Plan B.