You may recall some spirited discussions we had over the summer about what I saw as Mark Emmert’s procedural overreach in the Penn State case. Admittedly, I was in the minority, as most of you felt that what happened with enabling Sandusky’s monstrous behavior there clearly made for an ends justify the means situation for the NCAA. And no one seemed particularly concerned about the long-term consequences of Emmert’s actions.
So I’m wondering how those of you who were untroubled before feel about this turn of events.
CBSSports.com has confirmed the existence of a letter from the NCAA that it will consider former Miami players guilty of violations in the Nevin Shapiro case if they do not cooperate with the association’s investigation.
The Miami Herald first reported the letter – apparently sent to the players’ attorneys — that sets a Friday deadline for the players to contact the NCAA or the association “will consider the non-response as your client’s admission of involvement in NCAA violations.”
While the NCAA cannot penalize the former players, the implication is that non-cooperation could lead to harsh — or harsher — NCAA penalties. It is not known if the tactic has been used previously by the association. The NCAA has no jurisdiction over players who have exhausted eligibility or coaches no longer employed by NCAA member institutions.
Isn’t that peachy? As somebody Bruce Feldman spoke to put it,
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” said the source. “This seems like a total bullying tactic and sounds like a desperate move. They’re basically saying they’re taking the word of a billion-dollar ponzi schemer over some guys who may have taken a few steak dinners? It looks like the NCAA has spent a ton of money and time investigating this and they’re trying to cover their investment.”
They’re just making shit up as they go along and hoping nobody calls their bluff. Helluva way to occupy the high moral ground. But it’s for a good cause, right?