The NCAA should suspend the coaches and administrators who had knowledge, or
reasonabley should have had knowledge of serious violations. It should be severe
enough to really hurt, and if it is serious enough, they should be permanently
banned from NCAA athletics. The real issue is there are no real consequences for
these guys. They are highly motivated for the short-term, "win at all costs
now". If they get caught and are fired, they tend to surface a year or so
later at another university, usually with a raise.
Stop the talk now about paying players extra money for scholarships until this
is cleared up. It is out of control. Obviously,paying players under the table is
nothing new (OSU, USC, Oregon, Miami....). A scholarship for an education is
pay enough for the chance to play at a college level. Don't open the door up for
shady boosters. It is out of control. The NCAA needs to do some
house cleaning. Death penalty for Miami.
So "plausible deniability" now becomes the catch phrase for all. What
Paying players is not the answer. These adults get a free education (tens of
thousands of dollars) that they do not have to pay for. Looking away is not the
answer. Playing dumb worked for Ohio State and UNC, but alas stupidity is not
the answer either. The solution actually is a simple one, make academic
standards high enough to keep out those adults who have chosen to behave like
greedy street thugs and prevent those coaches from recruiting them, strip all
wins during tainted years, return all money obtained from illicit behavior, and
apply the "Death Penalty." That is a loud message that will not be
ignored or laughed at. The schools, the athletes, and the coaches are all adults
so treat them as such.
Raise scholarships for football players. Revenues went up 10x in the last
negotiations, scholarships can rise, too. It'll make it easier for players to
resist if they are no longer living on a shoestring.