Baylor Bears' Recent Success Won't Be Tainted by NCAA Violations

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  Head coach Kim Mulkey of the Baylor Bears is held up by her players including Brittney Griner #42 (R) as she cuts down a piece of the net in celebration of their 80-61 win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The marquee sports at Baylor University have been doing very well in the national spotlight, and even though the Bears basketball programs are currently under scrutiny from the NCAA, their rise to prominence will not be forgotten. 

According to a copy of the summary disposition obtained by ESPN, the Bears men's and women's basketball team are facing possible NCAA sanctions after an investigation found that Scott Drew, Kim Mulkey and their assistants "made more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages during a 29-month span." 

The report states that both programs combined made 528 impermissible calls and sent 738 impermissible text messages during those two and a half years. 

While that is certainly alarming given the quantity, there are far worse things the Bears could have done. Don't get me wrong, what Baylor did was a violation of the rules and it deserves to be punished, but excessive phone calls and text messages is not the end of the world. 

The NCAA is labeling these "major violations" because of the large number, but constantly blowing up a recruit's phone isn't as bad as handing a student-athlete more money than the school allots to them. 

The recruiting process is very daunting in college sports, especially for the bigger programs. It's not easy landing the best of the best in basketball because the teams are much smaller. 

In no way am I trying to say what Baylor did was OK, because in a sense the Bears were cheating. However, it's no secret that college coaches do anything and everything to try to land the elite recruits. Some of them get caught and others do not. 

Baylor definitely went over board here, but the Bears' recent success on the big stage won't be tarnished in a major way. 

The future of the program may take a hit, but they broke the rules and now the must pay the price. That's life, and the Bears will try to find a way to deal with it. 

Drew has to rebuild the men's team after star players are jumping ship to the NBA, but Mulkey won't have to do much of that for the highly successful women's team. 

Led by Britney Griner, the women's team went undefeated this past year and won the championship. The men's team made it to the Elite Eight once again under Drew, showing that the coach has what it takes to win. 

Did he do wrong things along the way? Yes, but if given talented players, Drew proved that he can help lead the team far, and that's what is important. 

It remains uncertain what the future holds the sports programs at Baylor University, but their wining efforts won't be ruined because of the violations. These athletes worked hard for their success, and that will never be taken away no matter what the NCAA does. 



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