Life as a student-athlete is not always fair.Such is the case of now-former Old Dominion Monarch Donte Hill, who recently was denied his final appeal for an additional season of competition.As a result of denial, Hill’s days in a Monarch uniform are over.The situation stems from Hill having played eight minutes in a closed scrimmage at the University of Clemson two years ago; days before he would announce his decision to transfer to ODU. In reference to, Ed Miller and Harry Minium of The Virginian Pilot who initially outlined this reality.Although the final decision is still angering Monarchs fans, Hill’s actions did indeed fall under bylaw 14.2 of the NCAA’s Constitution and Bylaws Manual, which states that “any amount of time played in a competition—joint practice sessions, scrimmages, exhibitions, etc.—utilizes costs a season of eligibility.”While the letter of the law was followed in regards to Hill, his situation and others signify that there are flaws in the decision making of the NCAA.This year alone, NCAA officials have allegedly handled numerous other matters in ways that did not always flow in accordance with the bylaws.Rutgers shooting guard, Kerwin Okoro recently had his hardship waiver request; usually granted on the basis of an extenuating circumstance, denied. Having transferred from Iowa State to Rutgers, the waiver would have allowed him to play immediately without having to sit out the coming season.So, why did he transfer in the first place?He transferred because he wanted to be closer to his mother following the deaths of his father and brother.In the eyes of many, this seems as an extenuating circumstance. According to Fox Sports’ Nick Creegan, the hardship waiver applies to tending to a sick family member and the death of an immediate family member does not count.What is rather peculiar about the denials is, although the rulebook is there for a reference when making decisions. The committee has absolute power to grant a waiver if they so choose, following a thorough reviewIn the cases of Hill and Okoro they have done just that.However, is it fair?Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg noted, the NCAA denying Okoro’s request is surprising because “the most common complain…is that the organization hands out waiver requests like candy.”No truer words have been spoken, seeing as the committee granted Texas Christian shooting guard, Trey Zeigler. Who played for Central Michigan and Pittsburgh a waiver to play immediately last year after having transferred from CMU to Pitt.Why? In accordance to Eisenberg, his request was accepted because his father, Ernie Zeigler. Who eventually would come to lose his job as the head coach of Central Michigan’s basketball program.