Monday, August 22, 2011

Who said cheaters never win and winners never cheat? And where is Pookie? I Mean, the Miami Hurricanes

IN the past 18 months the NCAA has either investigated or sanctioned the following programs for violations: South California, Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, and now, Miami.  

Due to television rights, ticket sales, merchandise and big time pay days for Bowl Championship Series victories, college football is most certainly the money maker, for lack of a better term, for many prestigious universities around the nation.  With that said, I've researched the number of times the aforementioned programs have played in a BCS Bowl Game since its birth in 1998.  North Carolina is the only program without an appearance:

USC (5), Ohio State (9), Auburn (2), Oregon (3), Michigan (4), Georgia Tech (1), LSU (4) and Miami (4) have all played in primetime BCS Bowl games with Georgia Tech being the only one without a victory.

Winning is'nt everything, oh wait, yes it is
It's well known that college football, much like that of steroids in baseball, has been experiencing  large amounts of tumultuous turmoil, and nothing presents this more than the fact that the teams who are winning the most, are apparently “cheating” the most as well.  There is no quick fix to the flawed system, but one way to scare them straight, again for lack of a better term, is too hammer down the “death penalty” on a program such as the U. 

Forget all the rogue booster non-sense, Miami is a repeat offender in multiple sports.  They have also been accused of breaking these rules while on probation for previous violations.  The only way to begin to fix the problem is too no longer just give programs a “slap on the wrist” but show that the consequences for these violations are serious.
"U" guys have been bending the rules since the 80's
However, there is one major flaw in being harsh; it punishes the student athletes, who most of which did no wrong.  Forget all the TV contacts and money talk because money is what has the NCAA in this mess.  
Why don't we just ban the coaches, administrators and players who knew or received benefits.  I know one bad apple can spoil the bunch, but let’s face it; many of these young men who play Division I Football might not have any other chance outside of football.  They have been pushed through the system because of their talent on the field while adults have profited off them since they competed in pee-wee.  Now some of them will have everything they ever worked for taken away because of the decisions of others. 

SMU is still recovering from the two years that their program was given the “death penalty” nearly two decades ago.    Right now, it’s all about the U. 


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