I know I’m just a lowly blogger with a law degree and I know that living in this country over the past decade means witnessing an appalling retreat from our constitutional guarantees in the name of the Wars on Nouns (much of which has the enthusiastic support of people who like to bleat loudly about personal freedom, ironically), but I still wound up shaking my head over this exchange between the noted legal scholars Dennis Dodd and Urban Meyer:
CBSSports.com: What about subpoena power for the NCAA in its investigations? Is that something you’d welcome?
“Absolutely. The problem right now the investigation process takes five years, four years. USC can’t go to a bowl game. They [current players] were 14 years old, 15 years old when this was going on.
“The two areas that are missing in my mind are fear and lack of knowledge. Fear on the side of the coaches and lack of knowledge on the side of the NCAA. Why not combine the two? Every quarter you have a conference call [with coaches].’ What do you hear? What’s going on? We hear about these recruiting services or camps or bumps. They put a memo together and send it out. ‘This is what we hear is going on. If you get caught here is the punishment.’ “
“You won’t catch everybody, That’s not the goal. You want to stop the behavior.”
So, we’re going to give a non-governmental entity the power to issue subpoenas. Did either of these scholars stop to think that the NCAA isn’t bound by little niceties like the 4th and 5th Amendments? And how, exactly, would the NCAA be empowered to enforce this?
This is what comes from serious people who believe something should be done without first engaging their brains. Which is to say, it’s pretty typical thinking for our times.
(Thus endeth the rant.)