Talk about your false equivalences, dude.
… Thanks to the events of the past month, you’ve forfeited the right to the moral superiority you’ve enjoyed over the SEC. You can be as good as the SEC on the field, but the human beings in the Big Ten’s premier athletic department are no better than the human beings in the athletic departments at the football factories in the SEC. Yes, the SEC oversigns, and that’s highly unethical. Yes, SEC programs have players who commit NCAA violations, and that’s highly unethical.
Well guess what? Ohio State also has players who commit NCAA violations. Five of them played Tuesday, and Ohio State wouldn’t have won without them.
Five players sold memorabilia to a Columbus tattoo artist for cash and ink and got caught. For their crimes against the NCAA, they were suspended five games.
“Crimes”? Seriously? Where is the NCAA prison located, exactly?
Anyway, there’s a big difference between what went on in Tatgate and the other bête noire Staples cites, oversigning. The latter may be distasteful, but it doesn’t violate any NCAA rules. Of course, we shouldn’t let that get in the way of painting a conference with as broad a brush as possible. Or in pretending that this is the first time that questionable behavior has been tolerated – **cough**Maurice Clarett**cough** – at a Big Ten bastion like Ohio State.
Ah, but that righteous indignation feels sooooo good.