Monday, August 22

The NCAA should take a different approach with cheaters

Even casual sports fans know about the scandal involving the University of Miami and a booster who allegedly was a ponzi scheme artist who used is his ill gotten gain to shower athletes with cash, parties, and even women.  It is college sports at its worst.  

All sorts of rumors about how the NCAA is going to address the situation are floating around, including a harsh probation or even a death penalty for the Miami football program.  

The death penalty for Miami is not just and will not deter other cheaters.  Here is how.  First, new coach Al Golden, his staff and most of the current players had nothing to do with the alleged scandal.  How is it just for them to be punished for the acts of others?  Further, Miami does not interact in the college football world alone.  There are other teams in their conference and elsewhere that have scheduled them, count on the revenue that comes from playing them, etc.  How is punishing those programs just?

If the NCAA really wants to do justice and wants to make its rules be taken seriously, it should ban all coaches, players, and administrators guilty of such from participating in NCAA sports as a player or coach for life.  Any administrator who oversaw such nonsense should be banned as well.  Simply ban those folks from being employed, volunteering, being a booster, being in a Hall of Fame, etc., from any member school in the NCAA.  In that way, the culprits get the punishment.  

As things stand, a President can oversee an Athletics Director who can oversee a Coach and his staff that allows a booster to cheat.  All the before mentioned move on to other schools, with no consequences, and their old school and the new coaches and players are punished.  The system as it is seems to reward cheating.  

Change it.  Punish the culprits and watch people start to get interested in running bad boosters and the like off their campuses. 
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