May 31, 2011

How To Make NCAA Sanctions More Sanction-y: Deferred Punishment

     I came up with this idea after the USC sanctions last year, and had this post in mind when I started blogging.  The problem was timing.  It was important to wait until some idiot at some university did some illegal action.  It was bound to happen eventually.  And after Jim Tressel's forced resignation yesterday morning, the moment felt right.
     Here's the problem with NCAA sanctions:  they don't hurt the right people.  By removing some arbitrary amount of scholarships and postseason games right away, the people that suffer most are current players that didn't have anything to do with it.  Any recruits would still see postseason action in their last year or two.  The loss of scholarships just means a worse supporting cast for the aforementioned current players.
     The way I would like to see sanctions done is to start them after three years.  So Ohio State would miss the postseason starting in the 2014 season.  That way, players that joined the team before the scandal would get their senior bowl game, and players who signed this year could play in bowls through their junior year and have ample time to transfer if they choose to do so.  Recruiting would be hit hard because kids would shy away from a team that will miss bowl games in the later years of their collegiate career.  And the few bad years resulting from the bad recruiting classes would make the school a lot less potent in the future.  Look what happened to Michigan after they had a few bad years.  No one takes them that seriously anymore.  That's the kind of thing that should be happening to programs with huge violations.
     If you want to punish someone, you need to make it count.  And for the NCAA, all they have to do is have a little patience.


    ) "I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the football field."
    --Jim Tressel, in his 2001 Opening Press Conference at Ohio State

  2. At least the classroom and football field seemed to work out!