A question in this segment about the NCAA sanctions.
Q: scinsc5 said:
Scott- you are an AP voter with capital knowledge. I am concerned that your interest in european soccer prevents you from casting a legitimate college football AP ballot. are you putting extra thought into your ballot this year with the boise state/tcu situation and the fact that the boise/tcu schedules are weak compared to bcs conference schedules?
A: The schedules of Boise State and TCU are always something the poll voters must balance. Boise State did schedule Virginia Tech, but unfortunately that did not help like expected. Both teams played Oregon State (neither in Corvallis). So it’s going to be voters’ dilemma to rank those teams and wonder how they would survive in a major conference. The fact is, you always have a couple games that are near-losses in tough conferences that probably don’t happen in the WAC, etc.
Q: Michael Protos said:
Wolf, I am unaware of any previous cases where the NCAA imposed significant penalties (other then vacated wins/records) because of players gaining extra benefits from outside agents. Also, from what I understand in the Maurice Clarrett case, OSU and the NCAA chose to disbelieve the accusers, Clarett and a former Buckeye player as they has some credibility issues, and thus essentially imposed no sanctions on OSU in that extra-benefit investigation. Given these precendents, don’t you think it would have been a stretch for USC to self-impose significant penalities on the football program prior to the NCAA’s decision?
As an aside I think an examination of the Clarrett case and contrast that with the Bush investigation would be a great story. The allegations were far worse, but the NCAA bent over backward to discredit the accusers.
A: I’m not an NCAA penalty historian, but schools usually self-impose to avoid worse penalties from the NCAA itself. The issue to me isn’t whether to self impose, but USC’s almost antagonistic attitude toward the NCAA at the hearings and immediately afterward. There’s been a far different reaction toward them under Pat Haden and Max Nikias, which makes me think the penalties would be less severe if they were in charge a year ago.