It takes a village to avoid NCAA sanctions.

This is one of those cases where I understand the outcome, but still can’t help but shake my head:  two dozen Fresno State football players are under investigation for welfare fraud totaling almost 40 grand and the NCAA can only sit back and watch.

… University officials said the NCAA and the Western Athletic Conference had been notified of the allegations and that, “There is no indication whatsoever that any NCAA violation has occurred.” The NCAA did not return telephone calls or respond to email inquiries.

The compliance officer for the conference, Matt Burgemeister, said that violations occur if the student is given money because of their team membership. Burgemeister said that his understanding of the case was that the alleged scam involved “many members of the community” and that the players’ alleged participation was not because of their team membership.

“From what we were told, it wasn’t given to student athletes based on participation or ability,” Burgemeister said. “This is something, at least from what I understand, that there were many more Fresno residents and even beyond Fresno involved in. It was because they were a member of the Fresno community, not the football team.”

It’s a helluva system they’ve got there, isn’t it?



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4 responses to “It takes a village to avoid NCAA sanctions.

  1. CoachSpurlock

    Great to hear that Burgemeister Meisterburger finally found work after losing his mayorship to Santa Claus.


  2. Chuck

    I hate the NCAA, and their enforcement mechanism is beyond laughable. But this is a criminal case. So, unless they sanction schools for crimes that their students commit, I think they are right on this. The coach ought to suspend them or dismiss them, though.


  3. Dog in Fla

    Lane Kiffin will not be happy when he hears what’s up with his alma mater and its local entitlement program. Maybe someone like a Vill Muschamp would deem this to be a no harm, no foul circumstance just like the disbursement of Pell Grant money to grandmothers.