The NCAA is a house of cards. If you ever, ever questioned that, stop doing so and stop doing so yesterday. We’re finding out the NCAA is going to start returning scholarships back to Penn State, the school that covered up mass child raping that went on in their own locker rooms.
There’s been plenty of discussion of whether this should have been a sanctionable offense and if all the bourbon left me some memory cells, I recall my opinion is that when the severe “crimes” cited by the NCAA in most sanctions-worthy cases are “failure to monitor” and “lack of institutional control”, they apply in some way to Penn State.
I mean, they failed to monitor a horrific amount of child rape going on in their own locker room by their own coaches and pretty much covered it up for the sake of playing football, which for me, is lack of institutional control.
Since this case, and more appropriately the swinging death axe that is the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit (Go Bruins! just this once) and with the APU (all players unite) movement starting, the NCAA has largely been a paper tiger. The Johnny Manziel suspension of “one-half” was ridiculous, both in that a player can’t sell his own autograph, but also in that it totally violates the NCAA’s bullshit rules, yet it barely was prosecuted.
How did the Cam Newton case go away in the time it took to prep for the bowl game. Same with the Terrelle Pryor situation. Wrapped up fast, just in time for everyone to cash in on the bowl.
The NCAA is the dude from Office Space who gets fired and makes a Jump to Conclusions mat. They are claiming they are “a people person” protecting amateurs, but in reality they only protect themselves.
With the noose tightening, with EA going at their college football game alone now, free to make deals with each school, you have to wonder about the NCAA and how fucking terrified they are.
They’ve pulled out of their big video game. They’ve stopped selling players’ jerseys on their website (which is amazing that an organization built in the support of amateurism sells amateurs memorabilia while making it illegal for amateurs to sell their own memorabilia). Basically, these guys are pulling out of ANYTHING that makes them look like what they are: people persons that are hated by most people.
I don’t care if USC gets any scholarships back. Really, at this point, we’re the heroes. When you look at this, when you look at how it is shaking out, you realize that whenever it is we win our next national title, the stories will be ready. “USC, who got the worst deal, the deal that first called into question at a massive level if the NCAA had any due process of sanctioning schools, has won a national title despite the best efforts of their governing body to murder them”.
Fuck their charity, refuse their shitty offer assuming one ever came, which it won’t.
To admit the obvious, that USC’s potential wrist slap ended up being a drone strike while we were asleep, would be to admit that the NCAA acted out of malice. It would be to admit they put the now-deceased Paul Dee in charge of our witch hunt even though he was the AD of a Miami school that is still waiting for rulings on a decade’s worth of cocaine yachts, booster sponsored abortions and gifts, all caught on photo and sponsored by a man who got to run out of the tunnel with the team.
It’s about money, guys. Shame on you reporters who claim the USC sanctions and Penn State sanctions are apples and oranges. They are rotten fruit distributed by the same supermarket.
USC “should have known” that Reggie Bush was taking money from someone not based in Los Angeles or affiliated with USC in any way and despite total lack of evidence (see the Todd McNair anti-defamation lawsuit that he won in appellate court and now the NCAA has appealed to delay the inevitable). The judge found the pursuit of McNair to be “malicious” and basically confirm why the process took so long to sanction us. They had nothing, they acted maliciously to create proof they did and then when they felt like they’d get away with it, they punished us for being arrogant about calling their bluff.
We got the worst sanctions of the era and I made money creating Arrogant Nation. Thanks for my BMW, NCAA!
Meanwhile, Oregon pays for a “recruiting service” that has no service beyond influence with Texas players like Lache Seastrunk and LaMichael James. The NCAA rejects Oregon’s “settlement” basically saying you did way worse than what you are proposing self-sanctions for… Then… A year later…
A wrist slap and a “failure to monitor” charge, even though it seems impossible to fail to monitor someone you actively pay to help with recruiting. Failure to monitor sounds like what USC should have gotten. We failed to monitor the actions between an ex-con in San Diego with no USC ties and a player’s family. Fine.
You can’t go apples to apples on any of this because it’s all rotten fruit and the NCAA couldn’t define what an apple was if you dropped it in Washington State with a map and a drawing of a Red Delicious.
They are trying to take the heat off and I am certainly not trying to turn the heat up. I think they are a braindead ponzi scheme and they are incapable of saving themselves. All we have to do is wait. It was unfortunate that our success as a football program delayed the time it took for the world to embrace the reality that we were over-penalized. I live in fucking Oregon. Most of the fans I meet here agree. They now know that USC got a raw deal, even if they were glad we did.
The NCAA lost the war, but there are still battles going on and hypocrite zombies to behead. Instead of the Bearfighter suggesting outrage over Penn State getting reduced sanctions, I humbly suggest you enjoy the show.
What you are seeing is an organization so afraid of another lawsuit that they are reducing their penalties on a school that literally harbored a decade of child rape by a coach and then former coach in their own player locker room, in the showers the team still showers in.
When you apologize to a school that got in trouble for that, you get a clear picture of where the NCAA is at. They can’t be sued again and it’s not just about the money. It’s about unsealing documents. It’s about the world pulling back the curtain and seeing that these people have no process. They have no continuity. There aren’t standards despite what they may tell you.
I am happy for Penn State today because they have joined the battle with USC. Any time the NCAA overextends itself, it leaves itself exposed and they are not smart enough or just enough to protect themselves from a vicious counter.
Light a cigar, pour a bourbon and revel in the sounds of the breaking wood as the tree begins to fall.
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