Stupid NCAA Rule Of The Day, No. 5

19.01.2 Exemplary Conduct. Individuals employed by or associated with member institutions for the administration, the conduct or the coaching of intercollegiate athletics are, in the final analysis, teachers of young people. Their responsibility is an affirmative one, and they must do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their own moral values must be so certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by a fine example. Much more is expected of them than of the less critically placed citizen.

With what happened in the current (It is rather ridiculous that I have to specify this.) investigation at the University of Miami, the fact that this is in the NCAA Bylaws is comical.

This is the arrogance and hypocrisy people like Jay Bilas have been railing against.  Honestly, I have no problems with a large bureaucracy being institutionally arrogant and hypocritical.  I read a lot of Albert Camus in high school and college, so I have a very developed sense of skepticism towards institutional culture.  Strangely though, that skepticism is combined with a conservative, institutionalist streak.   That means on one hand I think large institutions mostly spout gibberish when speaking of their culture and values, but on the other hand I think they are necessary for a functioning society.

This is why it took me so long to get to the point of seeing the NCAA as more an impediment to the rights of student athletes then a tool to improve the rights of student athletes.  Many people who want to reform the NCAA see all the “good” it does and say that its model is better than whatever big school, big conference money making apparatus that will follow, because the NCAA does try to help the athletes in some ways.

I believe that even if the next college sports governing body is a nakedly greedy organization trying to wring every dime out of college football, it will be a more honest set up then the current one.  Also, if this next thing is more openly profit driven, it should, in theory, provide student athletes a better shot at receiving legal remedy whenever they are inevitably screwed over by the powers that be.

Getting rid of the NCAA will not solve all the problems student athletes have under the NCAA, specifically a lack of representation as a class.  Honestly, it will be the first step in a longer fight.  That fight will be a major part in defining the future of college sports in this country.

I think in the near future two things will happen.  First, the NBA will continue to increase its investment in the NBA Development League (Dleague).  With more and more players using the NCAA as a one year way station before becoming a professional, the NBA has noticed players are entering the league younger and without preparation to be a professional.

This season is the first that I can remember in the short history of the Dleague that teams have sent rather high profile players down to the Dleague, not for injury rehab, but to just get playing time that they can’t with their NBA team.  I believe NBA teams will push more and more players into the DLeague for a season or two before calling them up and I think in the near future they will also start allowing players to jump straight from high school to the DLeague.  That will allow those players to take their year between graduation and being eligible for the NBA and actually learn in a professional environment where they can gain the skills their NBA team thinks they need.

Second, the big football conferences will morph the BCS/Playoff Whatever It Is into some type of governing body for college football.  These schools may not want to be responsible for putting on a bunch of softball, lacrosse, or soccer tournaments, but they will want to control the profit stream of football.  This is will most closely resemble the largest soccer clubs in England creating the Premier League in 1992.  They remain part of the larger Football Association, but have created a tidy little club that splits a higher amount of the profits between a smaller amount of teams.

This next 20 years is going to be the most interesting 20 years in the history of college sports.


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