|Remember last year's Sugar Bowl? What was that eligibility question...?|
Until we do that, nothing's going to change.
Now, I'm not saying to let the kids off scot-free. If they take the handouts, they sit-out the time. Beyond that, we might need to revisit some ideas, like what a 'gift' is, or someone selling their own 'property.' We also need to rethink institutional penalties. I have no problem with OSU trying to stem off further penalties by forcing out Jim Tressel. I think it should actually lessen whatever the NCAA levels at them. Take USC for instance, the punishment does not fit the crime for those who actually broke the rules/allowed the violations to take place. Reggie Bush and Pete Carroll are in the NFL, banking millions. Meanwhile, kids who were in middle school when Bush broke the rules can't play in a bowl game and a coaching staff who had nothing to do with Carroll's dynasty have a short hand to play. The people who should pay the price are the illegal agents and the coaches.
|Being punished all the way to the bank.|
While we're at it, we should think about longer reaching repercussions for certain players, too.There's no reason that any individual player who profits from football as a career after incurring a certain level of penalties shouldn't pay some more of the price later. Let Reggie Bush have his salary trimmed with fines and fees, scholarship programs at USC, donations to charity or the NCAA fund, etc. For this to work, the NFL will have to get involved, and all the laws in the world won't mean anything until they do. Reforming this is almost impossible without their influence.
|Uh, a little help here guys?|