… and I did not speak out because I was not a student-athlete.
But when the NCAA came for the coaches, that was a different story. Courage!
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UNC President Margaret Spelling was interviewed at the entrance to the Dean Smith Center and was quoted as saying “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth with pine sap covered feet, I draw the line in the tobacco field dust and toss the filtered Marlboro Red before the feet of tyranny, and I say fake courses now, fake courses tomorrow, fake courses forever!”
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Greg is appalled by this.
Rick Pitino [to John Calipari]: “John, we’re bigger than US Steel!”
The NCAA motto “Swallowing camels and choking on knats”. It’s not that they don’t enforce some rules, it’s just that they are not consistent in their enforcement. They remind me of my days at the IRS when we would joke about gladly kicking the chair out from under a taxpayer as long as he brought the rope and the chair. The NCAA depends on the McGoofs of the world to furnish their own rope and chair and in McGoof’s case their own sentence. The U basically told them to f**K off and they did. If the President of the University wants to fight, the NCAA will give up. Penn States only problem was the President was a weak. The NCAA has no business in the Academic or criminal business at all.
Jim Harrick says to himself these days: “If only I had been the coach at UNC!”
Seriously, if UNC wins, what the hell was all the Jan Kemp fuss about? This is an indication of what money does: they aren’t protecting the coaches nearly as much as they are protecting the money river that they have flowing right now. Can’t pay the players because, well, um, that violates the student-athlete amateur ethic that is sacrosanct at our hallowed institution where we are educating young people. [Plus, it cuts into our money flow]
if the NCAA and Universities have any sense of longterm self-preservation (doubtful), UNC will be an expensive sacrificial cow toward proving they’re not actually the labor cartel we all know they are. Let UNC off the hook and it’s just easy fodder for the Kessler suit (failing to police members of your group of universities while having no problem telling UCF’s kicker that he will be punished if he continues to make YouTube videos)
If you are accusing the NCAA of “lack of institutional control” I completely agree with you.
The Harrick situation was completely the fault of Mike Adams and the repercussions are still being felt to this day by the UGA basketball program.
“We’re always looking for the aggregate of marginal gains.” — Kirby Smart, The Athletic, 7/16/19
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