Really? Crushing, sure. Demoralizing, perhaps. But 9/11? Uh, didn’t people DIE during that?
Now we know where the problem at Penn State is. Watch the video below.
The NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State and former head football coach Joe Paterno this week. Fans were absolutely devastated by the unprecedented sanctions. But Penn State alumnus Tom Price of Factoryville, Penn., took it to the extreme. He told WNEP-TV in Scranton that he and his wife Sally equated the NCAA’s punishment to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died in those attacks.
“I just can’t put my arms around it,” said Price. “It was our 9/11 today. I just saw planes crashing into towers.”
Our friend Brooks, over at SportsByBrooks.com goes into much more detail on this situation, but basically the NCAA is being sued by the State of North Carolina for failing to turn over documents related to the recent investigation into shenanigans that when on in the Wolfpack football program. Why? NC is trying to enforce something called the Uniform Athletes Agent Act which it passed in 2000 AT THE URGING OF THE NCAA.
So, as happens most of the time, the NCAA says one thing, but then does another. Is it any surprise that college sports is as screwed up as it is? Forget auditing the Federal Reserve: we’d like a government audit of what goes on within the NCAA.
What? The NCAA actually created a rule that makes sense? Somebody write this date down on the calendar for future reference.
This rule would keep a university-related sports network from broadcasting high school games, most specifically the Texas University cable network.
The NCAA says it is standing by its earlier ruling that the #NorthCarolina defensive end is academically ineligible after being accused of receiving improper assistance from a tutor “on multiple assignments across several academic terms.” Next up: the lawsuit.
The “assistant principal” charged with enforcing an encyclopedia of rules (some out-dated) for college sports is putting together a committee (naturally) looking for ways to keep from embarrassing themselves again this football season. (Think Cam Newton and Ohio State.) But do they need to enforce the rules they have better, or is it time to make it easier for schools to follow? Or maybe we should just pay everyone to play and forget about this scholarship crap? Join the discussion on our Facebook page.
First coach Jim Tressel walks away from the Buckeyes, and now their star quarterback, Terrelle Pryor has decided he’s done at Ohio State. Anybody else want to jump the sinking Buckeye ship? Our guess is the NCAA is closing in on its investigation into allegations that football players-including Pryor–sold team memorabilia for discount tattoos.