Scenes from inside the sausage factory

One of my favorite side diversions in our regular debates on amateurism is the desire expressed by some of you that one day, the NCAA and its member schools will wake up and once again embrace the purity of the academic mission, returning college athletics to their intended pristine state.

To which I say:  Not. Gonna. Happen.

Newly released NCAA records show a Pac-12 president came up with a way to help the NCAA catch schools who fraudulently help student athletes stay eligible and avoid complaints of NCAA enforcement overreach.

But his proposal failed after an NCAA committee found little support from athletic conferences.

University of Oregon President Michael Schill made the proposal for a panel of university presidents who are not serving on NCAA committees to identify egregious academic fraud. He said having a panel of academics making that decision would address long-standing opposition member schools have had toward letting NCAA officials determining what constitutes academic fraud. NCAA rules currently leave that decision to the members.

But Schill’s proposal didn’t survive. It was dropped despite two special NCAA committees’ recommendations in the wake of the UNC-Chapel Hill academic-athletic scandal that the association step up policing of academic fraud in egregious cases.

Bad for business, peeps, bad for business.  But you keep dreaming…


Filed under Academics? Academics., The NCAA

10 responses to “Scenes from inside the sausage factory

  1. Derek

    The fact that those in charge may not change course does not suggest that one should abandon their own principles. However, those that do abandon principles, or who are unaware that they might even exist in this context, certainly signal to the bastards that they’ll continue to act with impunity.

    But by all means, the fight to ensure that the next Zion Williamson does not have to suffer a season of indignity and deprivation at Duke must press on, no matter the cost. After all, what more honorable cause could one have than providing moral support for the most advantaged among us while disregarding the lot of those who are of lesser stock, literally and figuratively?


  2. Butler Reynolds

    “returning college athletics to their intended pristine state.”

    Unless you’re talking about volleyball or cross country at someplace like the University of West Georgia, I don’t think the major sports have been pristine in any of our lifetimes.

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  3. ASEF

    UNC ended up on academic probation with SACS and had to pay for SACS to maintain a monitoring office there for 2 years. On top of tens of millions in investigation fees and lawyer fees. And their university name turned into a national joke.

    Not enough?


  4. MDDawg

    I’ve posted comments several times highlighting how I think they can restore amateurism (if it ever really existed). Not because I “desire” them to do that. What I really desire is for them to stop pretending they can have it both ways. They want to keep up the arms race for coaching salaries and TV contracts, but they won’t even allow a player to capitalize off their own NIL? Ridiculous.


  5. MGW

    We need to show the public we’re trying to stop academic fraud. We don’t need to actually stop it, Shill! Damn! Get with the program!


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