USC gets the Finger..again

Another NCAA sanction, another sad sad day in Trojan land ūüė¶

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Seriously there should be a free happy hour at USC on campus somewhere every time the NCAA announces new sanctions to another University……to drown their sorrows in an endless amount of PBR. ¬†That would at least help……for an hour.

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Finally after lengthy two and a half-year investigation, the NCAA announced their sanctions on Miami University Athletics that is docking the Hurricanes Football program a total of 9 scholarships over the next three years.  The NCAA forgot to ban the team from playing in bowl games.  Mind you, this is the last year college football is going to see BCS Bowl Games (THANK GOD).  But seriously, what gives NCAA?

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Oh wait. ¬†Wouldn’t you know? ¬†The NCAA cited lack of “institutional control” of the Hurricanes decades of violations:

The University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

Approximately 30 student-athletes were involved with the booster. Several football coaches, three men’s basketball coaches and two athletics department staff members were also involved in the case. These staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them. Furthermore, some of the coaches provided false information during the enforcement staff and university’s investigation.

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Interesting choice of phrases here: “lack of institutional control,” “decades of violations” and “30 Student-Athletes were involved.” ¬†It’s just baffling to hear these words come out of the NCAA fat cats’ mouths.

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I am almost certain I am not the only blog erupting with anger and frustration about these Miami sanctions.  How long are College Presidents, coaches and athletes going to listen to these NCAA ass clowns?

I know Pat Haden must be fuming with rage.  The man is literally doing all he can do to save the USC football program, the one football program who got the harshest sanctions since the SMU scandal. (Look below, you can just see the fires of Mordor in his eyes, patiently waiting to pounce and kill).

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SMU….funny I should mention them because the Miami scandal is quite similar. ¬†Many student athletes and staff were well aware of Texas oil tycoons handing out money and gifts to players, even including the nefarious “slush fund.” ¬†The “Slush Fund” was used for under the table payments to players starting in the 1970’s to 1986. ¬†So it makes sense why their penalty was so severe. ¬†Over a decade of violations, lack of institutional judgement and down right smug nature, SMU’s football program was, and possibly now, dunzo. ¬†Well dunzo for a while….they still have yet to fully recover.

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Now next up on the chopping block is USC. ¬†There was 1 player over the span of 2 years that received money and other gifts, while the NCAA cited lack of “institutional control.” ¬†Seeing how institutional control over many players vs. just 1, the punishment would less severe of course. ¬†How can you expect a University to keep multiple players in check? ¬†The NCAA did the right thing, a University should at least have control over 1 player versus many. Puke in my mouth……

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Oh the absurdity is just running rampant up in Indianapolis, IN.  Absurdity or Idiocy.  Take your pick.

I just don’t know if I can take another released sanction from the NCAA. ¬†I don’t know if they can even take it themselves. ¬†Every sanction that is released is just a laugher. ¬†Do they seriously feel that they have any credibility and integrity left? ¬†I have Mad Magazines that hold more integrity than the NCAA.

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As College Sports fans, we can only hope that nobody (and I mean NOBODY), no players, no coaches, no administrations, no mascots, no Universities, no NOTHING commit another violation in the near future.  Come on NCAA, is it too much to ask to bring back some honesty and principle back into College Football?   Lee Corso is just killing us over here.

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I call Shenanigans

The NCAA really just needs to die a quick and painful death.

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Honestly with the flip-flopping, improper treatment and down right shady behavior, the NCAA has solidified itself as THE most counterproductive, incompetent, STUPID athletic association of all time.

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Ever since this Johnny Manziel fiasco, bestowing a 30 minute time out as sufficient punishment for the Heisman Trophy Winner, the multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought on by past/present college athletes suing the NCAA for unfair treatment of student-athletes (or is it athlete-students…?), cutting ties with EA Games as well as the persistent douchebaggary of the Association, no one can take the NCAA seriously anymore.

You would think after all this controversy that the NCAA would get their shit together and start acting like a real collegiate authority, but no, their authority is as trustworthy as an alcohol free punch bowl at a frat party.  A JOKE.

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Just like their revisionist history penalty, the NCAA is backtracking. ¬†The NCAA announced Tuesday¬†that it would begin to restore some of the scholarships it took from Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. ¬†¬†Penn State, under Coach¬†Bill O’Brien, will be allowed to increase its scholarship number to 75 in 2014-15, 80 in 2015-16 and begin competing with the maximum 85 in the 2016-17 academic year.

Puke in my mouth, wtf NCAA. ¬†Answer me this, what does revisionist history solve?? ¬†Better yet, let’s ask Doc Brown, he will know what to do.

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As a college football fan, forgive me for calling: Shenanigans!!

I am calling Shenanigans on the NCAA for their fickle executive decisions.  Did I say decisions?  I meant temporary punishments?  Did I say punishments?  I meant a croc of shit.

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Why have we let these ass clowns decide what is ok and what isn’t ok in college sports when they don’t even know what to do themselves? ¬†Why have our leaders backtrack on decisions they have already made? ¬†Doesn’t that merely reflect poor judgement and weak character from our supposed confident leaders? ¬†Seriously, what gives George Bush?

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Their decision to reduce the penalties by giving back the scholarships they initially took away from Penn State University is ridiculous. ¬†Why…WHY!?! ¬†Can we at least be given an explanation as to why these penalties are forgiven and other can not be, like USC.

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USC thought, why not? If Penn State can get away with years child sexual abuse then maybe we can get away with one player’s greed, a greed that lives in every warm-blooded collegiate athlete (cough:: Johnny Football:::). ¬†Hey, can’t blame USC for trying.

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The NCAA required less than a day to rule on USC’s latest appeal to modify the sanctions handed down in the case.

A day after USC Athletic Director Pat Haden met with NCAA officials in Indianapolis to request an easing of scholarship reductions, the NCAA said Friday that there would be no appeal.

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It’s honestly this inconsistency in the NCAA that is beyond frustrating. ¬†Ever since USC was given the harshest punishments ever handed down by the NCAA back in June 2010, there has yet to be an equal punishment. ¬†Penn State came close but DUDE, are we seriously having this argument? Child rape vs. money….. clearly 1 individual’s greedy behavior yet realistic career aspirations is much worse than child sex abuse. ¬†Yes, of course.

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I don’t want to get into the East Coast vs West Coast battle, but clearly this East Coast bias has yet to, perhaps ever, subside in college sports. ¬†Let us save that for another time. ¬†All I ask is for the NCAA to be stern, to be honest and is to too much to ask to be FAIR?!

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With little shiesty actions like these, the NCAA is becoming more and more obsolete and down right idiotic.  My call of Shenanigans is also a call for a Disbandment: disbandment of all the current associates presently at the NCAA.   Because clearly nobody there can tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong.

Doesn’t the NCAA remind of you the big bad woman Principal in Roald Dahl’s Maltida, Mrs. Trunchbull. The relentless educator who just bullies everybody for no reason at all?

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Grabbing kids by the pigtails, throwing them over the fences, making fat kids eat cake and putting children into the chokey. ¬†That’s where USC will remain now and forever……the chokey.

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Realistically college sports needs a police system, needs some higher administration, needs ORDER, so the NCAA can’t just go away. ¬†I can only pray that this multi-billion dollar lawsuit bankrupts those bastards and takes everything from them, leaving them with the only option of closing their doors and allowing each conference to independently regulate themselves. ¬† Lord, don’t fail me now!

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The Penn State Sanctions: A fate worse than death?

What to make of the Penn State sanctions you might ask?  Let us give you a : YIKES.

The NCAA finally smacked down their cruel, and perhaps unusual, punishment on Penn State with a butt load of sanctions that would make any football program cry like a little school girl.  You gotta admit though, the sanctions are a bit ridiculous.

The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million dollar sanction, a four-year bowl ban, a reduction of 20 total scholarships each year for the four-year period as well as the utterly stupid vacation of all wins dating to 1998. ¬†I said it before and I will say it again, REVISIONIST HISTORY is garbage. ¬†Sorry, RANT TIME: ¬†It absolutely does NOTHING to shame and tarnish a University’s reputation. ¬†Those wins will always remain in the memories of the players, coaches and fans forever. ¬†Don’t you think when looking at the record books the NCAA has locked up away in some back closet, someone will come across a HUGE gap in years and be like…..oh yea! ¬†Those were Penn State wins vacated by the NCAA which had nothing to do with the actual football program’s talent and athletic prowess. ¬†Did Sandusky’s behavior help the players score some touchdowns? ¬†Did that sexual abuse enhance their fancy footwork? ¬†Hell No! ¬†Sooo freaking stupid. ¬†NCAA… just stop already with that punishment, it clearly does nothing but make your board members sleep better at night knowing that they can strip¬†away something that should never be taken away in the first place.¬†

The $60 million will go towards external programs focused on preventing child sexual and physical abuse as well as towards the Sandusky victims. ¬†Hmmmmmmmmm this is “legal” money matter right, where the courts of Pennsylvania SHOULD decide the legal ramifications of a University’s lack of institutional control rather than the National Collegiate Athletic Association? ¬†Yes the NCAA has some say because it is a University matter but the Sandusky issue goes beyond that. ¬†The LAW should have had an influential hand in bestowing the fiscal punishments for Sandusky’s disturbing actions and unfathomable behavior, more or less serving as the payment for the victims’ traumatizing damages.

All you can do is just feel pity for Penn State. ¬†They have already lost their beloved Joe Pa statue and are left with his literal, and metaphorical, dark shadows that will haunt the University…….maybe forever. ¬†I do agree with the moving of the statue because it caused such a heated debate on campus. ¬†SOOO heated that some protestors hired a freaking plane to fly over the University displaying an angry threat: ¬†“If You Don’t Take the Statue Down, We Will.” ¬†SHOOOoooOOOOt. ¬†Those protestors be hating with their¬†deep pockets…..how much does it really cost to pay a pilot to go flying around with a personal message for a few hours? ¬†That shizzz probably ain’t cheap yo :/

I am happy that Penn State didn’t receive the Death Penalty. ¬†That would have been just absurd. ¬†You cannot suspend an entire athletic program that had no hand in the act, especially the players. ¬†Unlike the SMU Pony Express scandal, the Penn State Football players weren’t accepting money, gifts or any sort of benefits during their time at the University. ¬†This was the coaching staff and higher administration alone that decided to protect their own booties and preserve the Nittany Lion reputation. ¬†Can’t blame them for wanting the best for their players and program but not at the expense of those sexually abused boys. ¬†Not sure if this is the worst college football scandal. ¬†It is certainly the most disturbing and shocking….but I think the scandals that actually involved the players and their bad behavior (Ohio State, Miami, USC ūüė¶ , SMU) can be dubbed college football scandals. ¬†This is where the NCAA should rightfully step in and wholly handle the punishments. ¬†The Penn State scandal involved ONLY the coaches and their higher authorities. ¬†Why not punish those board members, fine them, fire them, tarnish their reputation and not the entire university and it’s innocent football players.

It is going to be a while till Penn State feels like themselves again. ¬†There might be a few less people in the crowd proclaiming “We Are….” ¬†But you can always count on those¬† loyal individuals to always finish that cheer proudly with “…….Penn State!”