Matt Hayes pretty much nails the NCAA’s new problem:
But there’s no avoiding academic fraud; no escape from what it exposes and how it jeopardizes the lifeblood of a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt industry. There’s no denying the reality that if this unthinkable case of academic fraud is happening at North Carolina, where else is it hiding?
It’s easy to get emotional about a pedophile, and make snap decisions in the name of children. It resonates with everyone and produces instant credibility—no matter how skewed the process.
What happens when Emmert has to make a real decision? What happens when the very existence of college sports comes into play and the general public isn’t as engaged as Joe Sixpack was with Penn State?
Hayes is right about the reaction to child rape being an easy one, but there’s another reason that’s the case. It’s rare, relatively speaking. There aren’t a bunch of Jerry Sanduskys running around with schools casting blind eyes to that.
Academic scandals, however? That cuts a lot closer to home in a lot more places. My bet is Emmert cuts back on the self-righteousness big time, assuming he’s even moved to do something about North Carolina in the first place.