NCAA to lean heavier on rule breakers

Whut? They’re going to do whut?

Yeah, that’s right. Today the NCAA board of directors approved a collection of severe penalties for “the most egregious infractions,” including postseason bans of two to four years and potential million dollar fines. Also, coaches can face suspensions for violations committed by them and their staffs.

“The most egregious offenses” stands out in the above commentary. Note particularly the superlative. Then note the range of punishment. Stir slowly and increase to boiling as you compare the punishment for the “most egregious offenses” with what Penn State received for offenses that arguably didn’t even involve athletics.

Furthermore, they couldn’t suspend Paterno, who was dead at the time, so they did the next best thing. They took away his wins. But I digress.

According to an ESPN article on the subject:

The vote ends a movement that started in August 2011 during the midst of one of the most scandalous years in college sports history. NCAA President Mark Emmert was so concerned that he asked dozens of university leaders to join him at a presidential retreat in Indianapolis.

It was then that Emmert, along with school presidents and chancellors, said they were going to get tough on those who refused to play by the rules.

Now they have.

So, what, I wonder will happen to UNC now.

Nothing, I bet.


  1. lawrence hamilton says

    I am tired of hearing about the NCAA and Mark Emmert. How did he ever get that job? I think he is an empty suit and his credentials pretty much reveal that. Can’t someone make him go away?

    • Joe says

      He’s got those pictures of a group of university presidents and chancellors at one of their past conferences doing things that university presidents and chancellors shouldn’t be doing, that’s why he still has the job.

      Seriously, I’ll believe the new penalty structure when I see it applied (are you worried Oregon and Miami). But first of all you have to agree that there was a violation (right UNC, you lucky bastards) and not take 5 years to complete an investigation.

      I still didn’t see any mention of making each school develop and sign an “Athletic Integrity Agreement” or place a monitor (ala George Mitchell) on campus as in the case of PS. And why not apply this requirement to each NCAA member school? Seems like having a fox in the hen house nosing around is a pretty good idea.

      Actually what I’m waiting to see is the revised NCAA rulebook. A new penalty structure is nice, but when you can’t interpret the existing rules without a PhD to see if there was a violation then how do you enforce the penalties? And where does it define which one of the four levels of hell is applied to a specific rule violation when a school goes rogue? Still too much wiggle room in this thing to protect the fat cats and punish those that Emmert is pissed off at.

      To me, this is still the NCAA puffing out their chests but not being able to crow because they’ve lost their voice.

      • lawrence hamilton says

        Is there a single person in the US outside of the NCAA representatives and their families who think they are doing a good job of anything? If this was private industry these boobs would have been fired long ago.

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