I wondered the same thing, but more in regards to their recruiting. I would hope that if they were really strict with the religious rules, then they'd only have Mormons attending. (A quick google search turned up that Jim McMahon was raised as a Catholic.)
It seems a little disingenuous to gain an advantage, or say, an inequity, (however slight) to be applied towards players who might not even believe in what was allowing them that inequity.
Don't know. During my search, I did find one story about a football player that was drafted and actually declined the invitation to camp because of his beliefs.
This is what I was thinking when I suggested that perhaps it would be OK (though, likely not practical) for them to offer to the entire field to play Thursday instead of Sunday.
(By the way, sorry about responding in completely backwards order to your points - I kept thinking of new things as I was writing. )
Agree wholeheartedly, especially the last sentence!
Earlier I linked to older threads on this topic. Here's one in 2008. Skimming thru the gist of responses, I get the sense that a decade ago, golfers were a bit less adamant about ready golf. (Small sample size yah)
In my opinion, this goes against equity. It does not treat all players the same. The only way that this should fly is if the entire field plays on a day other than Sunday when the condition is encountered. Making such an exception for one player at the potential expense of the rest of the field is simply beyond reasonable.
To be honest, I don't even like that solution either, but that's my own issue. I have never felt that special accommodations should be made for one person because of such beliefs. If one wishes to compete in a given activity, then one should expect to have to respect the schedule set up for that activity. If one's beliefs are so closely held that he/she cannot accede to those requirements, then one needs to choose a different activity.
Yeah, I was more talking to others, @onthehunt526, who may not consider the reasons why the NCAA is quite unlikely to change the actual days. They benefit a TON from getting the TV coverage they've gotten the past few years. And it's great to watch.