If there ever was a story that hits the NCAA hypocrisy on the nose, it's this one.. (1 Viewer)

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In light of the scandals at The U and recently Ohio State, this story hits a home run as far as the hypocrisy of the NCAA and money.

Miami scandal is symptom of NCAA flaws

By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
12 hours, 9 minutes ago

CORAL GABLES, Fla.

Perhaps one day it’ll be humiliating enough to shame the leaders of these universities to end the untenable charade of their current athletic model. It will take a lot, a lot more than Nevin Shapiro, the man behind the Ponzi scheme, the parties, the abortion and the biggest case of extra benefits in history. Guilty administrators got rich and comfortable on the backs of purported amateurs. The only cost was their self-respect.

“I am upset, disheartened and saddened by the recent allegations,” school president Donna Shalala said in a statement Wednesday.

Those were her first words since the scandal broke, and they were as weak and worthless as they were late.


College athletics is killing itself whole, one hypocritical scandal at a time, yet any honest reform is almost impossible to envision. We’re not talking about the too-little, too-late band-aids sprouting from last week’s vaunted NCAA retreat, one that featured no less than Shalala.

The whole system needs to go. The whole concept needs to be redone.


The problem is that the same rulebook that causes so many of these humbling hangovers also makes so much cash for the people that write and supposedly enforce it.

Until the shame outbalances the revenue, what’s the motivation to change?

Most of the thousands of violations Shapiro doled out were small stuff, the enormity of the scandal more the totality of it all and the seeming blind eye Miami turned.

Guys wanted to party on a yacht. Guys wanted to drink free in a VIP section of a nightclub. Guys wanted some cash, or a mansion to hang out in, or some extra money for a big hit, or maybe even the wildest of parties.

It’s not abnormal behavior from 20-year-olds.

Except in the mind of the NCAA, which is so far backward, it’s wasting time arguing over whether offering players a minor monthly stipend will cut too far into the adults’ gravy train.

The truth is no one respects the rules of amateurism – not the players and certainly not the administrators. They don’t embrace the austerity that should come from operating a system that, for tax-avoidance purposes, is hyped as just some extracurricular pursuit.

Know this about Nevin Shapiro: He rained down millions on Miami players during an eight-year spread, yet he didn’t come close to the levels of gifts and graft that former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker lavished on athletic directors, presidents and conference commissioners.

Shapiro took scores of players out on his $1.6 million yacht. It didn’t cost nearly as much as the Orange Bowl spent in 2010 to provide 40 athletic directors and four conference commissioners (plus spouses) with a four-day Caribbean cruise.

Included in that junket? Then-Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

College athletics is about getting your palm greased. And nobody has its hand out like the already well-paid folks running the show.

If a bowl director is willing to pay off an AD so his sweetheart contract stays intact, hey, that’s business. If a player takes a fraction of the same thing, he’s suspended.

If that’s the deal, fine. Just don’t be so surprised that the players and boosters look at the administrators’ corruption and shrug off their own. Just stop thinking the student-athletes are too naïve to understand that everyone above them is being paid handsomely and will still beg and grab for every last quarter rolling down the street.


This isn’t 1955 anymore.

You think Miami players were rushing to get to know Nevin Shapiro? You ought to see administrators on a Nike retreat or when a television network asks for a game to be swapped or someone projects that there’s a couple extra bucks in conference mega-expansion.

Besides, the grown-ups leeched to Shapiro as hard and fast as the unpaid players. The promise of his donations overwhelmed any bit of restraint.


In 2001, Miami athletic director Paul Dee, who would later chair the NCAA’s committee on infractions and dole out hypocritical punishments, oversaw a department that gave freshman Willis McGahee a mentor: Nevin Shapiro, convicted felon. (Shapiro pleaded guilty to felony assault in 1995; he’s now serving a 20-year federal prison term for bilking investors in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.)

The people running college athletics are desperate for money – for themselves and their salaries and their facilities, for their private planes and their comped cars and their golf-course memberships.

They want to avoid paying players and taxes as if they run a little league, then get paid and pampered like they run the NFL.

Everyone is chasing the cash. Everyone was chasing Nevin Shapiro.

Miami scandal is symptom of NCAA flaws - Investigations - Yahoo! Sports
 

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Again, as I have stated, I think the entire NCAA rule book needs to be totally revamped. I am unsure of how rules are explained to the student athletes when they arrive on campus or each year. Assuming they do get some training on these stupid rules, they are still rules and must be followed regardless.
 

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Again, as I have stated, I think the entire NCAA rule book needs to be totally revamped. I am unsure of how rules are explained to the student athletes when they arrive on campus or each year. Assuming they do get some training on these stupid rules, they are still rules and must be followed regardless.

I do not disagree with you, but the NCAA has to look itself in the mirror and wonder if they setting the wrong example themselves.
 

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If they are getting a free education to play sports than I don't think the schools should give them money BUT I do think the players should be aloud to get a job any job as long as it's legal, they pay taxes and it doesn't interfere with their school work. If the schools were to pay the players than the free education, room and board and books should be taken off the table. One or the other not both.
 

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Shapiro took scores of players out on his $1.6 million yacht. It didn’t cost nearly as much as the Orange Bowl spent in 2010 to provide 40 athletic directors and four conference commissioners (plus spouses) with a four-day Caribbean cruise.

Included in that junket? Then-Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt.
I don't get this. I am a university employee. I have to take ethics training every year (online), and I know that I can't accept gifts. I am guessing that this was somehow framed as a business trip? Want to know why we can't have a playoff system in "FBS" football? It's garbage like this. When you've bought the people setting the rules, you tend to get your way.

For that matter, I don't see college football ever being clean until the boosters are under control. I wonder what would happen if they took away all special access that boosters get to programs and players? In other words, no access to the locker room, no sideline passes, and so on. I read this week that 1-AA James Madison just sunk $62.5 million into their football stadium!
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$62.5M stadium renovation raises JMU expectations - San Antonio Express-News
 

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