Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NCAA, Mark Emmert, Miami and Penn State

I'm far from biased here and I will admit it.  I think the penalties that the NCAA imposed on Penn State were excessive and were not done within any guidelines or rules.  They just made it up as they went along.  Most of the people who were punished had nothing at all to do with the crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky.

Earlier this week, the NCAA was forced to admit that they had really botched an investigation into the Miami football program.  Many people around the internet joked about the NCAA's "Lack of Institutional Control" - the crime that was "invented" by the NCAA to dole out the "death penalty" to the rogue organization.

Mark Emmert took no responsibility for the problems in the investigation.  Well, he did fire a couple people, but he appears to be taking the position that he did nothing wrong and he should be allowed to remain in charge.

Today, the NCAA delivered a report to Miami.  Apparently, the "lack of institutional control" phrase is used in that report.  Is the NCAA considering applying the death penalty to the Miami football program.

I'm not claiming that Miami is innocent.  I honestly don't care.  I have not been a fan of the Miami football program ever, although the fact that their current head coach is a former Penn State player and coach allows me to hate them a little bit less.

But, the NCAA seems to operate with no rules or limitations in its own behavior, and then cracks down on the "bad apples".  Who polices the NCAA?  No one, as far as I can tell.

Today, a pro-Penn State web site published an article about the Miami situation.  Remember, Penn State fans do not like Emmert at all right now, so the article is not written from an unbiased perspective.  There isn't any claim of objectivity.

The article includes a screen snapshot of a tweet from Jay Bilas, an ESPN analyst.  It simply says "Mr. Emmert: Your resignation is not just appropriate, it is required."

I certainly hope that Mr. Emmert is gone soon.

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