Tuesday the NCAA gave the University of Miami it’s notice of allegations. Miami has been accused of a lack of institutional control within their athletic department.
“We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough,” Miami President Donna Shalala said in her statement Tuesday night. “Many of the charges brought forth are based on the word of a man who made a fortune by lying.
She also added, “The NCAA enforcement staff acknowledged to the University that if Nevin Shapiro, a convicted con man, said something more than once, it considered the allegation ‘corroborated’ — an argument which is both ludicrous and counter to legal practice.”
We all know about Nevin Shapiro and his $930 million fraud scheme, that he is now serving 20 years for. He did such amazing things for athletes at The U such as giving them money, strip club nights, prostitutes, and he even aided in an abortion. Seriously, prostitutes? How do 18 to 22-year-old men in college, who are ripped and sports stars not able to get some action from other coeds? I guess The U has no Swag.
Players involved included Travis Benjamin, Jacory Harris and Sean Spence. These were big name Hurricane players in the scandal. Yet other scandals have had big names, Terrelle Pryor, Reggie Bush, and Cam Newton. Now Newton was cleared, but Bush and Pryor weren’t. The NCAA did suspend Pryor and other Ohio State players for “Tatoo-Gate”. Bush was stripped of the Heisman. Yet who has suffered teh most, players that weren’t invovled and the fans of these teams.
Miami may recieve the “death penalty”, they may receive something similar to Penn State. None of that truly matters as the people involved in these scandals are not the ones that receive the greatest penalties.
Do you think Reggie Bush really is upset he lost the Heisman? Since winning it he was a top draft pick, made millions, been on a Super Bowl winning team, and dated Kim Kardashian. How much did that Heisman truly mean to him? In the wake of the Bush scandal the Trojans were put on four years of probation, a two-year bowl ban, loss of 30 scholarships, and had to forfeit wins and the 2004 BCS Championship. The program lost head coach Pete Carroll, who bolted once the fire got to hot in Southern Cal. The NCAA took USC from the preeminent college program to middle of the pack. The fans had to endure 9-4 and 8-5 seasons, far below what they were accustomed to before the sanctions.
Ohio State suffered the same fate. Pryor, DeVier Posey, Boom Herron, and other Buckeye players cost their teammates an entire season. What was supposed to be a National title contending team became a struggling 6-7 fiasco. Pryor bolted tot he NFL in the supplemental draft. Posey played one game his senior season. Jim Tressel was ushered out, after one of the greatest runs in Ohio State coaching history. This season Ohio State went 12-0 under first year coach Urban Meyer, yet didn’t play in a bowl game due to Gene Smith’s decision not to play in a bowl last season. Smith arrogantly allowed a 6-6 Buckeye team to play in a third tier Gator Bowl. Buckeye fans will now have to live with the “what if” syndrome. Not only did Pryor’s and the other players involved actions cost on the field but they cost the University an estimated $7,793,757.13. Pryor alone signed a 4-year $2.56 million deal with the Oakland Raiders,add that with Posey’s and Mike Adams contracts and those three players will make what they cost Ohio State in five years. These players cost Ohio State a chance at a National Championship and suffered little punishment in the long-term for their actions.
The worst ever punishment handed down by the NCAA has to be Penn State. Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and other Nittany Lion brass committed horrendous crimes, that is not even up for debate. Yet the NCAA’s crushing sanctions nearly ended the program. What Sandusky did had nothing to do with on the field issues. His actions were his own and he will die in jail as he should. What shouldn’t die is the Penn State football program, and thanks to Bill O’Brien and his players it didn’t. The players that had signed scholarships, or were walk-ons had to make a choice. The NCAA gave them an out, a chance to play elsewhere. Some did leave yes, but most stayed, most showed what it meant to be loyal, to finish what they started, to be the stat of a new Penn State. The NCAA coming down on the athletic department is justified, the monetary fine is justified, the penalties against the football program itself are not. Incoming freshman did nothing wrong, players on the team during the scandal did nothing wrong, it wasn’t a player scandal, still the mighty NCAA penalized current and future players.
No matter what fate the NCAA hands Miami it will not be a fair one to future players, and most likely coaches. The system is broken. Those who didn’t commit the crimes are the ones that usually suffer. The NCAA process takes far too much time. This Miami scandal has been going on since 2010 and Miami is just now getting the list of allegations, what a joke. How does the NCAA expect to stop these transgressions if the primary suspects are long gone before punishment is dealt? The NCAA says lack of institutional control. I say the only thing lacking is the NCAA’s policies and processes being updated to the 21st century. By Steve Kish