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…