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FSU vacates victories, shows NCAA's faults

FSU has finally bitten the bullet and vacated 12 victories by order of the NCAA as the result of a cheating scandal. This after wasting a lot of time, money and energy fighting the ruling. It takes 12 wins off of Bobby Bowden's record and vacates a Emerald Bowl win.
If anything, the debacle shows the ridiculousness of the NCAA in handling it's member schools. Spencer Hall (who's apparently dropped his Orson Swindle moniker with EDSBS's move over to SB Nation) had this to say about the issue:

"On a larger note, the NCAA's reason for existing becomes even more nebulous. As far as we know, the NCAA hands out large sanctions to tiny programs committing infractions defined by charter rules, collects large dollars for running a huge basketball tournament, and keeps a pretty handy stats page for NCAA football. Much as we'd like to pay an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to do this, there are probably more efficient ways to do this, much less ones that involve an organization with actual powers of sanction.

(Then again: if the NCAA merely represents the will of its members to regulate themselves, then there is zero will to regulate programs who commit violations.)"

The NCAA shows little or no desire or ability to truly hold it's member schools accountable when it comes to violating it's rules, at least when it comes to serious issues at big time programs. It is becoming more and more rare to see the NCAA take true punitive steps to punish a programs who have serious problems. The coming showdown with USC over various issues may just well show how serious the NCAA is about cleaning up big time college athletics.


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FSU has finally bitten the bullet and vacated 12 victories by order of the NCAA as the result of a cheating scandal. This after wasting a lot of time, money and energy fighting the ruling. It takes 12 wins off of Bobby Bowden's record and vacates a Emerald Bowl win.
If anything, the debacle shows the ridiculousness of the NCAA in handling it's member schools. Spencer Hall (who's apparently dropped his Orson Swindle moniker with EDSBS's move over to SB Nation) had this to say about the issue:

"On a larger note, the NCAA's reason for existing becomes even more nebulous. As far as we know, the NCAA hands out large sanctions to tiny programs committing infractions defined by charter rules, collects large dollars for running a huge basketball tournament, and keeps a pretty handy stats page for NCAA football. Much as we'd like to pay an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to do this, there are probably more efficient ways to do this, much less ones that involve an organization with actual powers of sanction.

(Then again: if the NCAA merely represents the will of its members to regulate themselves, then there is zero will to regulate programs who commit violations.)"

The NCAA shows little or no desire or ability to truly hold it's member schools accountable when it comes to violating it's rules, at least when it comes to serious issues at big time programs. It is becoming more and more rare to see the NCAA take true punitive steps to punish a programs who have serious problems. The coming showdown with USC over various issues may just well show how serious the NCAA is about cleaning up big time college athletics.



Posted originally: 2010-02-08 15:22:00
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