Another day, another major university thinks it can punish itself enough to fend off more damaging NCAA sanctions. We’ll see about that.
Kevin Scarbinsky, of the Birmingham News, has a great article about how the boys at the NCAA always claim they’re not “sending a message” when they hand out sanctions, but the reality is that they really, really do. Latest case in point: Georgia Tech’s football program which managed to turn a minor violation into a major infraction by not following the rules of their investigation process.
Today’s sports question: How many Division 1 football programs can one “scout” bring down? So far it looks like only one, but we have a late report that the coach of the LSU Tigers, Les “Is More” Miles, has also spoken to the NCAA about a guy named Willie Lyles and his association to the program.
Did we say Hillbillies? We meant Mountaineers. Sorry.
Anyway, the UWV program got two years probation for not one, but two, past coaches for failure to monitor, and violations including “involving out-of-season coaching and the use of non-coaching staff who worked with players.”
Only at the University of Nebraska: The school actually self-reported to the NCAA that it bought books for athletes. And not just any books: RECOMMENDED class books. Not REQUIRED class books. Apparently, you can’t do that.
To which many people under 18 reply, “What’s a book?”
#Andy Staples latest column is entitled “Cheating for Dummies: Your guide to smarter NCAA rule-breaking” and yes, it does appear that today’s players and coaches aren’t smart enough to cheat and not get caught. Maybe the NCAA should offer webinars for schools on how NOT to get caught?