Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recommended Link on the NCAA

Here is story from The New York Times the other day.

My Take on the NCAA:

The NCAA has proven to be in love with abusing power. There are too many arbitrary rules. The NCAA is too held fast to ideas of players being amateurs and protecting that status, and doesn't worry enough about making the student-athlete a STUDENT. Financial interests or the regulation of financial matters and personal relationships do not increase graduation rates. They do not encourage and promote academic achievement in the classroom. They do not propel people into careers if sports do not work out. What these rules do is offer one body a chance to regulate and control a whole population of people in a way that at times is unjust, unfair, and completely wrong.

There are so many arbitrary rules that most colleges are probably committing some violation at some point. The NCAA investigates who it wants to investigate whenever they want to. Then the ultimate people who are punished are the actual players. Whether they are forced to pay back money to a family friend - someone that was around long before UCONN came calling - or may be denied a scholarship after all because the NCAA has stripped the school of some of their scholarships because of something someone else did.

My question to the NCAA is what about the people that oversee and are probably the masterminds behind the rule pending and the rule violations? Take John Calipari - he has left two programs with possible NCAA violations behind, yet he keeps being allowed to coach. In fact not only has he been allowed to coach, but he has been allowed to move up in the coaching ranks. When does he get suspended? Shouldn't the coaches be regulated by the NCAA as well? I know that some coaches have been fired, but that usually comes from the school as a hopeful measure that the NCAA will see they took some action. But shouldn't Calipari with a questionable past involving NCAA issues or players with NCAA issues be suspended or banned at the hands of the NCAA. He is the person that is supposed to be setting the example - teaching the players he coaches. Yet he doesn't always follow the rules and he is okay - he is better than okay - he keeps getting a better job.

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