I don’t know if you’ve had the chance to see what the NCAA just laid down on Syracuse, but it isn’t pretty. Read the linked article carefully, so you don’t miss this:
Among the violations found included:
• Academic misconduct
• Extra benefits
• Failure to follow drug testing policy
• Impermissible booster activity
The report also stated that “the other violations found included impermissible academic assistance and services, the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.”
The NCAA concluded its investigation into Syracuse athletics with an infractions hearing in October. The probe stretched at least as far back as 2007. In 2012, Yahoo Sports reported the basketball program had repeatedly violated its own drug policies over a decade-long span, playing athletes who should have been deemed ineligible for competition. Boeheim initially denied any knowledge of such NCAA issues, but later said the school had self-reported some violations to the association.
The Yahoo Sports report detailed a failure to count failed drug tests and incur suspensions with at least 10 players, dating back to 2001 and including the team’s 2002-03 national championship season.
That’s right. The NCAA penalized Syracuse, not for violating NCAA drug policy, but for violating its own drug policy rules.
I don’t think Mark Richt ever intends to walk off the reservation over Georgia’s rules, but even if he wanted to, his program would get pounded for not living up to Michael Adams’ standards.
You doubt me on that?
(Meanwhile, Jimmy Williamson is feverishly checking the NCAA regs for any mention of scooters, or alleys, or middle names, or…)