Randy Moss’ daughter just wrote her name into the college basketball record books. And even though she has a famous name, she clearly earned her fame the hard way: through the type of NCAA dysfunction that constantly trips up athletes at every level.
Sydney Moss, a sophomore at Thomas More College in Kentucky, broke the NCAA Division III women’s single-game coring record Friday night by drooping 63 points on Waynesburg – in a conference tournament game, yet. The old record of 61 had lasted 23 years.
Moss, who turns 20 next week, leads Division III in scoring with 27.3 points a game. Thomas More is 27-0 and is ranked third in its region.
Her outburst shouldn’t be a huge surprise, though – Moss had been Kentucky’s Miss Basketball as a high school senior, and was a double-figure scorer as a freshman at Florida last year. Then she transferred to Thomas More and played immediately because she didn’t move to another D-I program.
But … why not?
According to the University of Florida student paper, when she told her coach she wanted to transfer closer to her home and her mother, the coach refused to release her to any major program, including SEC rival Kentucky or perennial national title contender Louisville.
It’s standard practice for coaches in basketball and football – the kind of gratuitous restriction and abuse of power that activists are trying to get rid of by suing the NCAA and forming a union, among other tactics.
Eventually, after denying they were blocking Moss, Florida reversed itself and let her transfer wherever she wanted. She went to the Division III school anyway.
Her record-setting game and the national attention it’s getting – and the crack at winning an NCAA championship anyway – shows who won that battle, and who lost.