Quick Thought

Is the NCAA becoming more concerned over public opinion and speedy in its decisions since the USC case? And will any of that aid USC in its chances with the appeal?

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  • 13-9

    No and no.

    Cheat on!

  • TrojanPete

    The NCAA has already made up its mind on the USC case. It will not reduce the sanctions because it does not want to look weak in the eyes of the so many that wanted to see USC go down. It is doing this to prove a point–it can and will do anything it wants to do. Until someone like a USC challenges them in court, the NCAA is going to go nuts at will.

  • VB’s Office Plant

    I fail to see what this has to do with Jeremy Bates and my beloved Seahawks.

  • dtksr1

    You don’t help the matter by stacking the committee with Miami & Notre Dame reps that have a special interest in sticking a knife in the chest of a USC. How about asking a rep from Michigan or Alabama to administer penalties to Ohio St. & Auburn. That is what the NCAA did to USC!
    Of course the NCAA can sit there in front of reporters & TV cameras with a straight face to say nothing was wrong in any of this… the bastards!

  • “Count” Smackula

    wolfman, Southern Cal was paid back for years of rampant cheatin’….the college world in general was happy to see the blatant cheatin’ addressed!!! i mean, it’s one thing to take a fancy car…but posing with it for a mag cover??? puhleeeeeeez!!!

    SOuthern Cal had it coming!!! lay back and enjoy it dummies, you are the NCAA’s biatch!!!!

  • dtksr1

    Scott, you could contact some of your fellow sportswriters who work near the NCAA headquarters and ask these questions to them, instead of us…

  • sureshot

    Andy Staples of SI sure seems to think so. Here’s his prediction on the USC appeal:

    5. USC will be allowed to play in the postseason. The agent issues of the past year at various schools have made USC’s punishment in the Reggie Bush case look downright draconian. (North Carolina had an agent runner on staff as its associate head coach, for goodness’ sake.) An NCAA committee will hear USC’s appeal next month. Unless the Committee on Infractions is prepared to similarly hammer other programs, there is a good chance USC’s punishment will be reduced. The Infractions Appeals Committee isn’t supposed to consider evidence that wasn’t presented in the original case, but the members of that committee are human beings deeply involved in college athletics; they know what’s going on. Besides, the Infractions Appeals Committee is well within its rights to deem a penalty excessive. If it does, it could give USC back some lost scholarships, but the most public way to lessen the severity of the punishment is to let USC play in the postseason.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andy_staples/12/27/2011-predictions/index.html#ixzz19dGjGnZg

  • The Monopoly Is Over Here

    The NC Two A will not lessen the punishment because it wants classic material for Gargamel and his lover Charlize to blabber about for another year.

    Oh well, we’ll just kick their ass on the field. Stay arrogant my friends…

  • Gnossos

    And the name of that Fat F**K is Paul Dee, and who is Paul Dee you ask? He was AD @ Miami during “thug u”
    Here’s a partial resume:

    Under Dee’s watch, the University of Miami athletic program was sanctioned by the NCAA in 1995. Eighty students, 57 of whom were football players, falsified their Pell Grant applications, illegally securing more than $220,000 in federal grant money. Federal officials described the scam as “perhaps the largest centralized fraud … ever committed in the history of the Pell Grant program.”[1][2] Moreover, the University provided over $400,000 worth of other, improper payments to Miami football players. The NCAA also ruled that the University failed to wholly implement its drug-testing program, and permitted three football student-athletes to compete without being subject to the required disciplinary measures specified in the policy

  • BoscoH

    Like the TSA, the NCAA is fighting the last war while a whole new threat has blossomed. Look at the swag list for the various bowl games. Of course the kids are selling it, even the “championship rings”, which some self-righteous people feel should have some kind of sentimental value to the players.

    But despite not understanding that programs (even in the SEC) basically are not corrupt, the NCAA is starting to put the penalties on the players. The Cam Newton situation was about whether he was eligible. The OSU players have to sit 5 games next year, but get to play in the bowl game provided they agreed to come back next year. We’ll see if that happens.

    The big question for USC is Todd McNair. It doesn’t look like he turned state’s evidence even after getting run out of town. He still maintains his innocence, which is probably costlier for him from a career standpoint than coming clean and negotiating for leniency. He wasn’t making a lot of bucks coaching either. The results of the appeal will focus on him, and (I hope) exonerate him. With that done, they can lay everything on Reggie, where it belongs, give us our BCS Championship back (as they should), and lift the current penalty.