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Professional sports leagues often take their rules and regulations seriously, as does the NCAA when it comes to collegiate athletics. Apparently, so does the Indoor Football League. According to Deadspin, Sioux Falls Storm head coach Kurtiss Riggs had to miss a playoff game.

The reason? Riggs was suspended two games for giving defensive back Korey Askew a ride to a charity event in his 1985 Dodge van. The odd thing is that Askew was only on the team for a couple weeks and his most recent team, Colorado Ice, has released him over this um, "incident." So allegedly, that's part of the rules of the prestigious IFL.

We're not sure what other rules are part of the IFL that are borderline confusing that we didn't know about. Then again, who knew there was an IFL? Did Coach Riggs and Askew get a raw deal over a 27-year-old van? Is there some beef between teams we don't know about? We guess the moral of the story is: Proceed with caution when giving football players rides in vehicles made in the mid-80s.

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  • Wyveryx 2012/06/27 07:47:17
    Foul
    Wyveryx
    This is pure BS. It's like this all over the place, with those of us in a Supervisory position. We aren't allowed to give rides to anyone, for the express reason that something might happen and it prevents the "company" from being sued.
    Whatever happened to common sense?
  • Kaola 2012/06/27 06:12:20
    Foul
    Kaola
    Those people are insane... not even a friendship btn the coaches and their teams which will help them to identify their weaknesses.
  • spencerc143 2012/06/27 04:15:31
    Foul
    spencerc143
    +1
    I know its a rule but thats so stupid.
  • lorenab. 2012/06/27 04:12:18
    Foul
    lorenab.
    thats just stupid! i know why they have the rule but.... ugh!
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/06/27 03:04:41
    Foul
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +2
    Not that bad. It's actually completely ridiculous.
  • Loser lollipop 2012/06/27 02:53:58
    Foul
    Loser lollipop
    +1
    What did I just read?
  • 'Zedd Loser l... 2012/06/27 09:47:48
  • Raphy 2012/06/27 02:51:41
    Foul
    Raphy
    +2
    What a stupid rule.
  • Sebastiaan Oosterveld 2012/06/27 02:45:16
    Foul
    Sebastiaan Oosterveld
    +1
    Take a Walk
  • Handel9652 2012/06/27 02:05:20
    Fair
    Handel9652
    It was a rule in the books, so either: a.) the coach isn't as familiar as he should be with the regulations set forth by the institution responsible for his employ, or; b.) the coach was aware prior to the violation, and decided to risk it.
  • Playerazzi Handel9652 2012/06/27 10:29:43
    Playerazzi
    +2
    Can you explain to us the reasoning behind this regulation?
  • Handel9652 Playerazzi 2012/06/27 23:22:16
    Handel9652
    I'd have to start by saying that it's not my responsibility to explain or be familiar with the regulation, given that I am not a participant. If it functions as these things normally do, there is likely a review board/oversight committee whose job it is to determine such regulations and the reasoning behind them, and that takes feedback when the merit of the regulations are challenged.

    With that stated, it would be my guess that, similar to anti-fraternization policies encountered in other professions, the reasoning is to safeguard the institution against any litigation that might result in such a situation; at the least, it might be to reduce the probability of drama.
  • Playerazzi Handel9652 2012/06/28 08:55:56
    Playerazzi
    Sorry, you lost me there.
  • Handel9652 Playerazzi 2012/06/28 17:48:47
    Handel9652
    Player is to coach as subordinate is to management in a normal work setting. It's become a standard to have policies in place to discourage fraternization between subordinates and management; therefore, if I was to venture a guess as to the reasoning behind the regulation, it would be a similar discouragement.
  • Playerazzi Handel9652 2012/07/01 07:18:42
    Playerazzi
    Weird. When I coached kids' baseball, I gave the kids rides all the time. In fact, it was part of the fun.

    Go figure.
  • Handel9652 Playerazzi 2012/07/01 18:50:21
    Handel9652
    As with most things, money makes a difference.
  • wolfshadow 2012/06/27 01:53:12 (edited)
    Foul
    wolfshadow
    +2
    How old is this boy?



    Ol' Jerry Sandusky is gonna get a whole lot worse for giving boys a ride....
  • Torchy 2012/06/27 01:30:18
    Foul
    Torchy
    +2
    Okay, the van is creepy. The only way he could have made it creepier was if he had spray painted "Free Candy & Ice Cream" on the side of it, preferably misspelled.

    However, the IFL is NOT for kids!! These are young adults, the same age as some of your pro-football players; so I really fail to see the point of even having this rule.
  • rubixx cube 2012/06/27 01:27:41
    Foul
    rubixx cube
    +2
    but the van is still incredibly creepy.
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/06/27 01:11:44
    Fair
    SOUL4REAL
    +1
    With all of these pedophiles running around and preying on these children,I think about "Sanduskey"! The coach should have made it clear with the principle that if the parents didn't show up he would give them a ride home.
  • Torchy SOUL4REAL 2012/06/27 01:30:55
    Torchy
    +5
    Average age of a player in the IFL is 25 years old.
  • SOUL4REAL Torchy 2012/06/27 03:39:37
    SOUL4REAL
    +1
    I thought they were talking about children. My bad!
  • wolfshadow SOUL4REAL 2012/06/27 01:54:37
    wolfshadow
    +2
    I don't think they are kids....
  • SOUL4REAL wolfshadow 2012/06/27 03:40:36
    SOUL4REAL
    +1
    Ok, so what's the problem?
  • wolfshadow SOUL4REAL 2012/07/02 03:59:11
    wolfshadow
    Apparently some people feel they need to regulate what adults do as well....

    ?
  • sdiusdf 2012/06/27 01:09:30
  • wolfshadow sdiusdf 2012/06/27 01:56:01
  • Fair
    ṃεταllïс_ḋќ[сhατвøχ]
    If the rules state that he is not allowed to do that,then it is as fair as it gets.
    I personally think it's stupid that they suspendedth coach but rules are rules.
  • Aingean 2012/06/27 00:42:01
    Foul
    Aingean
    Seriously over a ride? That's pretty stupid. Yeah yeah rules are rules but thats one stupid a$$ rule.
  • Jwrdy 2012/06/27 00:39:43
    Foul
    Jwrdy
    I love pointless things like this.
  • Autumn 2012/06/27 00:29:18
    Foul
    Autumn
  • EmoKiss:3 2012/06/27 00:07:47
    Fair
    EmoKiss:3
    +1
    Dang it i meant foul! FOUL! v.v
  • lil crazy 2012/06/26 23:46:14
    Fair
    lil crazy
    +1
    "SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Indoor Football League has suspended Sioux Falls Storm head coach Kurtiss Riggs for two-games and fined the team 25-hundred dollars, for claims of overcompensation of a former player. The league says that it involves a third party vehicle which took the player to a school appearances and it is implyng that the team provided a vehcile for a player, and that’s its against league rules. The Storm and owner Tom Tryon dispute that. Riggs is out for the first two rounds of the playoffs. Round one is tonight when Sioux Falls hosts Lehigh Valley. Riggs is the most successful head coach in the IFL. He’s in his tenth season with the Storm, and has lead the team to five championships."
    If the allegations are true than it was fair.
  • Charlotte 2012/06/26 23:33:51
    Foul
    Charlotte
    If, the van is a " 85" that means it is 26 years old not 27 years old.
  • Papillon 2012/06/26 23:31:00
  • GoDucks5 2012/06/26 23:19:28
    Foul
    GoDucks5
    +1
    It's stupid, who cares if he gave him a ride?
  • Merna 2012/06/26 23:04:29
    Foul
    Merna
    +1
    And stupid.
  • gcpajunen 2012/06/26 22:33:08
    Foul
    gcpajunen
    +1
    Stupid
  • Lindsey 2012/06/26 22:21:57 (edited)
    Fair
    Lindsey
    I wouldn't take a ride in that type of rape bomb.
  • Papillon Lindsey 2012/06/26 23:31:36

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