Brian Cook takes a look at the NCAA’s decision not to reverse course on the Todd McNair appeal and games out what that might mean for Ohio State and Jim Tressel. Cook thinks there’s a decent chance Ohio State decides to stand by their man.
I don’t know how likely it is that a school takes a gamble on a head coach who’s prohibited from recruiting for an entire year, though.
There’s a bigger question about Cook’s reasoning, though, one that’s highlighted over at Conquest Chronicles. The NCAA’s D1 Board of Directors has issued new rules for its infractions folks, including one that sounds like it comes straight out of Bush v. Gore:
Remind the membership in LSDBi and in committee policies and procedures that Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee reports in prior cases are not binding in future cases. The reports do not reflect all of the facts and circumstances considered by a committee, rules may have changed, committee members have likely changed and no two set of facts are exactly the same. Those appearing before the committees should focus on the conduct involved in the actual matter pending before the committees, not on prior cases.
Precedent means zilch. Every case is unique. Blah, blah, blah. In other words, rules? The NCAA don’t have to show you any stinkin’ rules.
That may make things easier for the organization in terms of passing judgment, but it’s not so conducive to encouraging your member institutions to avoid certain forms of behavior. Not to mention maintaining respect for the enforcement procedure itself. But then we’ve all known that consistency isn’t one of the NCAA’s strong suits.