The NCAA is investigating, well, itself, or rather having an external group investigate (hey, I hear Louis Freeh is available!) the organization after it has been found that the committee looking into infractions at the University of Miami were unethical in their pursuits. Let’s go to the tweets.
NCAA accuses itself of improper conduct: bit.ly/V7spPX Wonder if NCAA will bring in Louis Freeh to investigate, then threaten itself.— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 23, 2013
Emmert: Investigators worked with Shapiro's lawyer to "improperly subpoena and depose witnesses" in bankruptcy case. Wow.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 23, 2013
HOW? So he magically got hired with no approval? How in the hell does that work?— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) January 23, 2013
"Hey I work here now. I mean, didn't pass through HR, but trust me." -- HOW THE NCAA WORKS— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) January 23, 2013
How does that not show up when doing the budget? Somebody had to approve the lawyer being retained. This is indeed shocking.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 23, 2013
NCAA can't use info they shouldn't have gotten vs. Miami, so explain Penn State again?— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 23, 2013
Three reasons cases are different. 1) Freeh didn’t have subpoena power. 2) Info was released publicly. 3) PSU was obligated to provide info.— John Infante (@John_Infante) January 23, 2013
At least they won't have to admit they screwed up the Penn State case since they never actually found that Penn State broke NCAA rules.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 23, 2013
If I'm a coach with a show cause today, I'm calling an attorney and telling him to ask for EVERYTHING about my case during discovery.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 23, 2013
At some point the NCAA won't be able to keep plugging leaks in the dam and will have to blow it up and build a better one.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 23, 2013
One can only recommend the death penalty for the NCAA in this case.— edsbs (@edsbs) January 23, 2013
Isn't NCAA making head coaches, those in charge, responsible for assistants' actions? Uh, Mr. Emmert, about this happening on your watch...— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 23, 2013
That's the most of it. Full details can be found in the link above.
ANALYSIS: At the time, I didn't blame President Erickson for entering into the Consent Decree. I guess I still don't because of the circumstances and the "unprecedentness" at the time. I know that isn't the prevailing thought among Penn Staters. But if there was a time machine to see what would have happened today back then, there would be 100% consensus on all ends of the spectrum that Penn State should have never entered into the agreed upon sanctions. Miami, a school that has probably steered clear of the death penalty on multiple occasions and one that has a case for it at this time, might not be slapped with anything due to the incompetence of Mark Emmert's staff. It's mind-blowing, really.
Ironically, it's a lack of institutional control.
So, I say blow it all up. Disband the NCAA as it is now, release every school from whatever penalties or sanctions they might be facing and start anew. Whether it goes by the same name or not is neither here nor there, but create a new rulebook vastly thinner than the one that is in place now and start over come July 1.
Will that ever happen. Ha. But it's always nice to dream. But in a culture where cheating a running rampant, the NCAA is the equivalent to the insane running the asylum.
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