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Meghan Battest, Fargo, Published September 29 2012

Letter: The NDSU boys should take field

No more action needs to be taken by North Dakota State University concerning the voting fraud case. The boys should still be allowed to play until their day in court has ended.

As a student at NDSU who also recently voted in my first primary election, I am aware of the importance of voting and of Bison football at this university. These two items are not usually related, but the recent media frenzy over the 10 football players who allegedly committed petition fraud has blurred the line between sports and politics.

While that statement may be interpreted as undemocratic, it is merely realistic. Had 10 random citizens allegedly committed these acts, Fargo-Moorhead would not be taking the blows for their actions. If it is a question of NDSU’s ethics, we all should be held to the same moral standard, student athletes or not. The players being banned from further play would be akin to those 10 citizens being fired from their jobs before a court had made a final ruling.

NDSU and President Dean Bresciani’s actions continue to be scrutinized and criticized because “no decision (has been) made on discipline” for the players. The truth of the matter is this: Those players are innocent until proved guilty, and NDSU is right to let the boys take the field.