Thursday, January 24, 2013

SO WHO IS GOING TO BAN NCAA?

Wait ... am I hearing this correctly? The NCAA is guilty of improper conduct?

You mean this fine house of integrity hasn't been as law-abiding as they command from their member institutions? Wow, if not the NCAA, then who can we trust?

Obviously, my comments are dripping with sarcasm. I am known for comparing the NCAA in the past to the mob — as well as other sorts of immoral characters who my publisher has since prohibited me from writing.

On Wednesday, the NCAA issued a press release stating that some members of their enforcement staff obtained information about a bankruptcy proceeding, involving Nevin Shapiro,  a former University of Miami booster, who allegedly pampered Hurricane football players for nearly a decade with cash, elaborate sex parties, and other benefits deemed improper by the NCAA.

Problem is, the NCAA has no jurisdiction when it comes to Shapiro's private proceedings. And the very act of them working directly with Shapiro's attorney reeks of collusion against the University of Miami, who is the midst of an NCAA investigation regarding Shapiro and his relationship with the football program.

These illegal findings sparked NCAA President Mark Emmert to temporarily put a halt on the Miami investigation, turning the magnifying glass on his own organization by using an alleged "outside investigator."

Emmert released this statement to the media on Wednesday: 

"I have been vocal in the past regarding the need for integrity by NCAA member schools, athletics administrators, coaches, and student-athletes,” Emmert stated. "That same commitment to integrity applies to all of us in the NCAA national office ...

"To say the least, I am angered and saddened by this situation. Trust and credibility are essential to our regulatory tasks. My intent is to ensure our investigatory functions operate with integrity and are fair and consistent with our member schools, athletics staff and most importantly our student-athletes."

Interesting, Mr. Emmert. 

What I would like to know is if he would accepted this bogus statement had it been released by Ohio State's athletic office, or Penn State's or Southern California's?

Are you going to ban the NCAA from post-season play? Are you going to fine your institution and place yourself on a four-year probation. Are you going to limit the number of members you can have on your team?

As I've stated in the past, if the NCAA is supposed to be the governing body for collegiate athletics, then who is governing them? Where are the checks and balances? Answer is, there are none. This is why I call them "the mob."

The NCAA rules it's member institutions with an iron fist. They suspended Ohio State football players for trading their own possessions — which is completely legal by law — and essentially forced the resignation of longtime head coach Jim Tressel. OSU even issued self-imposed punishments to show the "Godfather," err,  NCAA, that they were sorry for their actions.

That wasn't good enough for "The Don." The NCAA hit them with a bowl ban, even though those individuals who broke THEIR laws were suspended or out of the picture all together.

Same for Penn State. Even though the NCAA had no jurisdiction in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, it didn't prevent them from banning the team from post-season play for four years and tapping the institution for $60 million. This had nothing to do with the football program. It was a criminal case that involved a few members of the athletic staff.

The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbitt, sued the NCAA earlier this month regarding the punishments on Penn State claiming that “These sanctions did not punish Sandusky, nor did they punish the others who have been criminally charged. Rather, they punished the past, the present, the local businesses and the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

University of Miami president Donna Shalala also released a statement regarding the NCAA on Wednesday:

"I am frustrated, disappointed and concerned by President Emmert's announcement today that the integrity of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff.

"As we have done since the beginning, we will continue to work with the NCAA and now with their outside investigator hoping for a swift resolution of the investigation and our case."

Ha! ... good luck with that!