Newsflash - College football has been this way for several decades now. Some teams cheat and get caught, some teams cheat and never get caught. It's been that way for at least the 6-7 decades I've researched college football history as a fan, which is WAY before I was born. It will be that way for decades after I'm gone.
Look at UNC, did they get what they deserve? Of course not. Nor will they ever. Some teams skate, others do not. We basically got as much of a choke collar when Bruce Smith's parents got a 'free' truckload of firewood as UNC did for all the crap they did. It's called life, it's never been fair...
Well, for there to be change, the folks in power would first want change, and they clearly do not want that. The NCAA is a self governing body that presides over a multi-Billion dollar business. It's assets are the University brands and the revenue generating athletes. The NCAA doesn't really do their due diligence policing the the sport because they don't want to. They really only do so because the media highlights it and they are forced to act. If Yahoo and SI never broke these stories, the NCAA would never have investigated these programs. It's a PR thing for them. They need just enough of the perception of enforcing amateur rules, in what is really a professional sport, so that fans and media will still accept as such.
If you just really think through the money trail, the answer is right there in front of you. The NCAA will act more diligently and hand out tougher punishment if they feel like public opinion or brand image is being affected. Much like the NFL's 180 on concussions. It was never an issue, and in fact, the NFL disputed medical research by conducting it's own research to tout no evidence existed between concussions and long term health issues. Only when they feared public opinion could potentially affect the bottom line, did the NFL completely shift their position. These governing bodies are not bound by laws, but are there to promote their business and increase revenues. The issues of corruption could be solved within a matter of months if the NCAA really wanted to, but they have a business model to protect. College football's popularity hinges on the emotional attachment of its fans to its programs, more so than any other sport, and as long as fans buy into it, they will only give the perception of enforcing rules, many of them which exist solely to keep it an "amateur" sport.
So nothing will really change. You may see the NCAA act more punitively for a period, but only as long as they feel it's needed to keep its image intact. How many marquee programs do you think the NCAA will really punish, because by doing so, it affects their brand. Doing too little, the same. So it's always this balancing act for them. The biggest thorn in the NCAA hide is the media, which have pretty much broken every single major scandal, and only then, did the NCAA investigate. When was the last time the NCAA followed up on similar leads? The guys at Yahoo or SI got those same leads. Surely, the NCAA has more resources than a reporter or too, right?
Originally Posted by SFLHOKIE
I definitely don't have the answers but I love CFB and don't want to see it fail. The checks and balances don't seem to be working and I believe eventually society is going to get sick of this mess and stop supporting our great sport. Though I am not in support of more bureaucratic control, I do believe we need to watch certain Universities very closely and start enforcing the rules without any favoritism. How long is Miami going to be able to get away with their wild and uncontrolled antics? It's time to make an example of these Universities and put the hammer down. If we don't do something soon, our great sport may lose its appeal and popularity.
The cost portion cost benefit analysis is (magnitude of penalty) times (probability of getting caught). Penalties are stiff enough. No one want to lose scholarships and bowl appearances. The NCAA needs to focus on enforcement.
Just like i said...the penalties are THERE NOW! They are completely worthless if the NCAA will not ENFORCE them, and make the rules-breakers pay dearly..THAT is the missing piece in all of this... The toothless NCAA, and their lack of enforcement of serious sanctions!
Maybe Obama should be the next NCAA president. Then there would be no dominant teams and it would no longer be a big business. He could "spread the wealth" and each Division 1 team would get the same number and caliber of players and every team would be even/average. And if one team did get too successful they would be forced to pay their "fair share" and be forced to give away their extra proceeds from winning to all the other schools in the country.
Good Point. He can close that pesky "Performance Gap".
I don't see where you've cited the regulations by which the NCAA could have prevented this PSU mess.
I don't think there is ANY precedent for something this horrific. I was responding to his post about the STRING of violations getting more numerous. THAT you could handle (or at least help minimize) by STRICT sanctions being imposed and enforced. I do NOT consider losing a few schollies or a bowl game (unc) as a serious sanction. I don't even want to HEAR about "vacating wins"..THAT is the biggest joke of them all! There are no consequences to cheating that make anyone so inclined decide that it isn't worth it....because it IS worth it!
The PSU issue stands on it's own pedestal of disgust...the NCAA is WAY over their collective heads on that one.
The real people in power are the fans. If we all preferred watching teams who wore their pants backwards that's what we'd get. If we all wanted to watch teams from schools with great physics departments, that's what we'd get. As it is, by and large we want to watch "big time football" teams who win alot. Personally, as much as I love football, I'm beginning to get tired of that, and would usually rather watch a service academy game or a game involving a local college.