Central Florida is found guilty of major rules violations by both its basketball and football programs, gets cited for lack of institutional control… and suffers the relatively minor penalties of a one-year postseason ban and a $50,000 fine in addition to the restrictions it previously self-imposed.
And that’s not even the punchline. This is:
The school announced Tuesday afternoon that it would appeal the postseason ban for football.
“We don’t believe the `aggravating factors’ cited from the NCAA bylaws justify this sanction,” UCF President John Hitt said in a statement released by the school.
At a news conference, Hitt noted that none of the football players the school recruited improperly ever wound up playing for the Knights.
“We suck at cheating” as a defense to NCAA sanctions – hey, what’s not to like?
If for some strange reason you still believe the situation isn’t hopeless, you need to read this. I’m not sure any article I’ve read this year about college athletics has depressed me more. The idea the NCAA has that it’s going to be able to get its arms around third-party recruitment is borderline delusional. The coaches know it.
“If they banned four teams, they have only 104 to go,” said former college coach Tom Penders, who detailed AAU-related issues in his book “Dead Coach Walking.”
“The money deals go down during July. People who are watching have no idea what is going on, like where the peanut is in the shell game. They might be watching it, but they ain’t seeing it.”
I know it’s never going to happen, but if the NBA and NFL aren’t going to run true minor league programs that are a real option for kids who don’t want to go to school, then they ought to drop age requirements for eligibility so that those with their hands out can go where the money is supposed to be. In any event, I don’t see how the status quo is sustainable. Something’s gotta give before college basketball and football crack apart from the strain. I doubt that’s going to be good for the pros, either.