They’re coming to see you.

John Pennington posts a mixed bag of suggestions on how the NCAA, with its limited enforcement resources, might better rein in bad behavior on the part of its member institutions.  One idea in particular has some merit for me.

… But in addition to dropping a heavier hammer, the NCAA also must create a greater fear of capture.  Drug tests are given at random.  The IRS pulls a number of tax returns each year for random audits.  A team’s bed checks are often done at random, too.  If the NCAA wants to scare the cheat out of programs, they should also go random.

In addition to following the usual tips and leads, the governing body should pull a different Division I school’s name from a hat once a month.  The body should then outsource the initial dirt-gathering phase to a contracted third-party (in order to get around its current staffing issues).

If the preliminary sweep turns up any unscrupulous behavior, then the NCAA can launch a full-scale investigation.  If not, then the school breathes a sigh of relief.

Either way, coaches and programs would have more incentive to stay clean.  With 12 schools getting random spot-checks each year, the odds of getting caught would rise.  And that is a further deterrence.

My law practice is audited on a regular basis.  Although we don’t know exactly when an audit will be scheduled until we’re contacted, we know that we can expect them over a certain period of time.  The process works well, both as an added motivation for us to follow required procedures, but also as a means of receiving feedback on ways in which we could improve how things are managed.

Of course, as the banking industry has proven time and time again, audits only get positive results when the parties employing the auditors take the audits seriously and act on what turns up.  You never know with the NCAA, but I don’t see how it could be any worse than much of the self-reporting with a wink we’ve seen from many schools  ***cough***Tennessee***cough*** over the past few seasons.

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16 responses to “They’re coming to see you.

  1. lrgk9

    Oboy, SOx for Ole Smokey…

  2. crapsandwich

    Boy do I know about Audits, Senator. Inside, Outside and of course the IRS. My firm employ’s 32 fulltime, and 11 part time employees. Always good to have an audit to keep us on our toes. Have to keep an attorney LLM/CPA on retainer never know when they are coming. You would think that Georgia with profits of what about 56 mill, would regularly audit. I am sure under McGarity they do.

  3. TennesseeDawg

    That makes entirely too much sense for the NCAA to do something like that.

  4. Go Dawgs!

    I think it’s a great idea, but it’s not like the NCAA is exactly good at uncovering things. The only reason we know how deep things went at Ohio State is because Yahoo! Sports decided to fact check OSU’s explanations which the NCAA’s investigators took at face value. Plus, having NCAA investigators come to campus for a month or so isn’t likely to uncover rogue booster elements like the ones reported on recently by HBO in relation to Auburn and LSU.

    It would do the job of scaring programs a little bit more, but I don’t know how much. Now, if we could just arrange to send Yahoo! Sports to 12 random campuses a year… THEN maybe you’ve got something…

    • Comin' Down The Track

      Truly the media drive these stories.
      The NCAA would rather look the other way and believe that everything is just fine.

      • Go Dawgs!

        I’ve never really subscribed to conspiracy theories, etc. but I think you’re absolutely right in this case. Through the Cam rulings and the Ohio State rulings, the NCAA has given me the impression that they’d really rather not know what’s going on. The fact that reporters are driving the investigation at OSU is a joke.

  5. DawgnAub

    This is way off topic senator, but have you heard that yesterday on the air, Finebaum picked Georgia in the east?

    • Hadn’t heard that.

      He must be trolling for calls from South Carolina and Florida fans, if that’s the case.

    • Hah, the same Finebaum that repeatedly stated that Georgia was on a sinking ship under Mark Richt last year?

    • Macallanlover

      Despite his irrational, Jim Rome-like attacks on Mark Richt, this isn’t going out on a limb too much for FBomb. UGA will probably be picked either 1 or 2 in the East on 75% of the ballots. SC should have a slight edge from most experts, but with the SC game in Athens, and the race expected to be close, anyone picking georgia has a pretty good case. Not giving FBomb much credit for being knowledgeable or rational, I would chalk it up to him wanting to create a high expectation among UGA fans so he can rekindle his campaign to oust CMR. Perhaps because Richt has twice the number of SEC titles in his tenure than the last 4 Bama coaches combined.

      • Maybe things will change as we go forward, but almost every SEC East prediction I’ve seen so far has Georgia finishing no higher than third. And there are a few pundits out there drinking the Bray Kool-Aid who think UT will finish ahead of Georgia, too.

        • Go Dawgs!

          Has Tennessee started feeding that kid? Talented player, but last year he looked a lot like I did when I was a freshman in high school. The Grammaticas filled out their shoulder pads better than he does. I kept waiting for someone to land a solid hit on him and for him to disintegrate.

    • Scott W.

      I hope that this does not have legs as well as the Murray as the best QB in the conference. I would rather UGA be the darkhorse. Lofty praise hasn’t worked for the Dogs lately.

  6. 69Dawg

    The IRS calls our tax system a voluntary compliance system. That does not mean they don’t encourage voluntary compliance by punishing taxpayers for cheating. By hammering a relatively small percentage of the population 1% the IRS scares the living crap out of the other 99%. If the NCAA did do the spot check random audits it might make the colleges better cheaters. By the way there is nothing random about the way the IRS picks taxpayers for audit. All returns are scored and the highest scores win a free audit.

    • Seriously

      I would be equally suspicious of any “random” selection process employed by the NCAA for selecting spot audit targets. There are some towns (e.g. South Bend) that would never see an auditor. In the words of Orwell, some pigs are more equal.

  7. Dboy

    Cough cough Ohio state