I Just Started Putting Words On The Page And This NCAA Post Happened

This is a strange morning.  I really have nothing I want to write about.  By this time most mornings I have come up with some angle, sometimes half-assed, to allow me to pontificate about something going on in the world or in my life.  The only thing mildly interesting to me is the continuing saga of the NCAA vs. Miami.

Unfortunately, we are in the name calling, posturing portion of this show.  On one side is the usual arrogance and hypocrisy of the NCAA.  They figure out that their investigators broke their own rules in investigating Miami and actually release a report detailing most if not all its missteps.  However, unlike the responsibility they place on head coaches for knowing what their players and assistant coaches are doing at all times, the top of the NCAA is spared any blame for this mess.

On the other side, you have a school, who has a booster, who is in jail, caught providing athletes with prostitutes, strippers, swag, and money as well as “helping” coaches recruit.  Those coaches then lied to NCAA investigators.  Of course, Miami basically claims this was all a setup and they are being railroaded by the big bad NCAA.

This is a case where a shady cop catches a known criminal, but in the course of the investigation violates about 40 evidentiary rules letting the criminal get away with his current set of crimes and allows the criminal to act as if he is as pure as the driven snow.

This leaves the rest of us trying to decide who is worse, the bumbling crooked cops or the unrepentant pimp.  Actually, that sums up all the major cases the NCAA investigates.   You have NCAA Enforcement which is staffed for the most part by good and dedicated people who unfortunately have been charged with enforcing what rules that are often contradictory to the concept of common sense.  They are usually chasing coaches, boosters, and various hangers-on who see the NCAA rules as either an impediment to be conquered or an inconvenience to be ignored.

One of the arguments some sportswriters make when discussing the NCAA, its rules, and the enforcement of those rules is that they like schools who ignore the rules because it shows the hypocrisy of the rules surrounding amateurism.  Now, I may be recent convert to the idea that the rules of amateurism are an anachronism created as a way to avoid paying taxes and salaries, but you can’t ignore them if you are a member of the NCAA.

If you are a member school of the NCAA you have 3 choices: 1) Follow the rules, 2) Try to change the rules, 3) Blow up the whole system.  You can do a combination of 1 and 2 and maybe 2 and 3, but you can’t do 1 and 3 together.  Either try to change the rules from the inside or foment a complete revolution and blow up the system.  I hope someone does try to lead a charge to rip the NCAA asunder   The resulting chaos would be pure comedy gold.

If/when this whole thing blows up (I see you BCS/playoff system/whatever your name is) it won’t just be the schools and conferences involved.  Their television “partners” will also have a say in this mess.  With that much money comes the fun idea of watching schools within conferences openly backstab and betray each other.  Again, comedy gold.

I think the NCAA is in its death spiral.  I just want what happens next to at least be fun to watch and talk about.  Because right now, it’s just annoying and sad.

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