The next chapter in the high comedy that is NCAA governance has arrived, and if you’re at all surprised by it, then you’re an idiot.
Due to Penn State University’s continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee is gradually restoring football scholarships the university lost because of sanctions more than a year ago. These changes were endorsed by the Division I Board of Directors and based on the recommendation of George Mitchell, the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State and former U.S. Senator.
Beginning next academic year (2014-15), five additional initial scholarships will be restored to the university’s football team. This amount will continue to increase until they reach the full allocation of 25 initial in 2015-16 and 85 total football scholarships in 2016-17.
Anything in the rule book about this? Of course not. The grand poobah continues to make it up as he goes along.
“The goal has always been to ensure the university reinforces clear expectations and a daily mindset within athletics that the highest priority must be placed on educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The Executive Committee’s decision to restore the football scholarships provides additional education opportunities and is an important recognition of Penn State’s progress.”
So why did you take those “additional education opportunities” away in the first place?
No shit, Sherlock. Why limit yourself the next time you need to fly by the seat of your pants?
As I warned you guys a while back, this is what the end justifies the means looks like when you’re talking about the NCAA. If I was at Southern Cal, I’d be seriously pissed off right now.