Tough talk emerges from the NCAA Presidents Retreat and people like Pat Forde and Dennis Dodd get all swoon-y over it. (Dodd actually goes there with this line: “In the last two days Mark Emmert has proved there is a new sheriff in town.” Down, boy.)
Don’t get me wrong. We’re hearing plenty of decent ideas and good intentions. That’s not unusual. But it’s the implementation that’s always a shaky proposition. Put it this way: can anyone really, truly see the NCAA imposing a TV ban on Ohio State? Dodd’s sheriff couldn’t even muster up the backbone to keep the Buckeyes out of the Sugar Bowl.
And those familiar with the havoc Congress has wrought imposing guidelines on how judges must hand out criminal sentences will be shaking their heads over this:
That’s why it was heartening to hear Emmert say that the NCAA membership will explore something akin to “sentencing guidelines.” In other words: If you’re guilty of X crime, you can expect X penalty; if you’re guilty of Y crime, you can expect Y penalty.
Black and white sound great, except we don’t live in a two-toned world.
The farther these guys try to reach, the harder it’ll be to come up with any changes that will improve things.