It seems like there are so many gray areas when it comes to NCAA rules violations that it’s just best to err on the side of caution.
Well, former USC defensive lineman Stevie Tu’ikolovatu took that caution to such a level that he was basically living dangerously.
Tu’ikolovatu—who was recently selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft—started his collegiate career at Utah but, after he transferred to USC, decided to move to Los Angeles to begin working out immediately.
Problem is, thanks to one of those NCAA rules, he couldn’t take advantage of student housing until he officially enrolled, and as a transfer student he couldn’t officially enroll early. So, instead, he took another road—and often slept alongside it—literally—as he chose instead to sleep in his car.
Yup – for two months the 6’1”, 320-pound lineman slept in his 2004 Chevy Suburban. And if you think that wasn’t a tight enough squeeze, it got tighter when his wife moved in!!!
Yup, the two took out the back seats, piled blankets and pillows in the back, and even hung shower curtains inside to block the sun.
Now it’s important to note that this wasn’t exactly forced homelessness, as Tu’ikolovatu’s acknowledged there were people with whom they could have stayed, but this was their choice.
See, had he violated NCAA rule, he would’ve had no choice, but to miss a season of eligibility.
And hey, let face it, seems like it worked out well for the young man.
Anyone think the seventh rounder may sleep in the car few nights during Bucs training camp just for luck?