Gophers wrestler Joel Bauman declared ineligible - KMSP-TV

Gophers wrestler declared ineligible after refusing to quit music career

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University of Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman is now ineligible for competition after refusing to take his music off iTunes and YouTube to be in compliance with NCAA student athlete rules.

Bauman said he's not going to fight the ruling, and he won't change his name or remove his music from the internet.

"My message is bigger than my eligibility," Bauman told FOX 9. "The world needs some positivity and I'm going to give it to them."

The University of Minnesota confirmed Bauman's ineligible status on Monday.

The university's compliance office told FOX 9 News all student athletes -- on scholarship or not -- can't use their name, picture or status as a college athlete to sell commercial products, including music.

The U of M sent Bauman a letter, telling him "Unfortunately, it is not permissible for you to use your name and image to promote your music career while you are a student-athlete."

The letter went on to say that Bauman must remove his name from any songs, take down his videos and stop his online account.

But Bauman was prepared to leave his scholarship on the ma.

"I feel like I have a calling," Bauman said. "I feel like I was put here to make the world a better place. My calling is bigger than a scholarship. My message is bigger than me."

Through his music, Bauman strives to write lyrics that will impact the lives of young people by urging them to fulfill their dreams.

"It's about the message you can deliver through the music," he explained. "Music can touch so many people."

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