Head coach Sean Miller addresses the media during the University of Arizona men's basketball team media day on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

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I suspect the average college sports fan would be appalled to learn of the relatively small size and resources of the NCAA compliance staff, those who decide the complicated eligibility appeals of more than 1,000 Division I and FBS athletes every year.

That’s part of the reason it took more than five months for the NCAA compliance people to rule that Arizona receiver Davonte Neal is not eligible this season, and that UA basketball player Zach Peters is.

Five months? That’s way too long no matter how understaffed the NCAA may be.

No one put it in better perspective than Sean Miller last week when he said, “It’s probably as simple as one person picking up a piece of paper, walking 50 feet and dropping it on a desk, and that (next) person picking up the paper and putting a check mark on it.”

Understaffed is one thing. Incomprehensible delays and ineptness is another. The NCAA is guilty of all of the above.