Allegations and Sanctions Hurt Big Time College Football

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJune 15, 2009

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Damian Williams #18 of the USC Trojans is tackled by Bret Lockett #25 of the UCLA Bruins during the game on December 6, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I was listening to a talk show one morning here in my hometown and the topic was about USC. As most of you already know, USC is being investigated by the NCAA for violations by the football and basketball programs.

If the allegations are true, USC could go down hard and should go down hard.  

Lots of teams including the one’s I follow here in the Southeast have suffered major penalties for cheating and that’s without the coaches even being involved in the situation. USC may actually have had a coach involved in buying a player and from what is being said this thing is getting so big that the Feds are may be involved now.

It’s one thing to have the NCAA on your tail, but the Feds too? Not good at all.

Which brings up my point and the point of the broadcaster a few days ago, if a school like USC goes down is it good for college football? I know a lot of you argued about the BCS saying that it is bad for college football because it wasn’t fair to the smaller schools and conferences.

But isn’t it also bad when the big boys go down as well? I don’t think it’s good for any sport to have the major kings in that particular sport to be down.

It doesn't matter to me if USC gets probation or not, although it might be beneficial for the PAC-10 in some ways because it might create better competition among the rest of the league, but on the national scene not having USC up there with the other big boys of college football is not good for the sport.

As in the Alabama case, apparently a lot of the national media seem to be upset that Bama wasn’t hit harder by the NCAA. In fact most of them said that the Crimson Tide got off easy the other day when in truth one slip up, the athletic department could be almost shut down.

If the NCAA did what some reporters thought that Alabama deserved, they would be crazy. Why would they shut down one of the hottest and most profitable programs in the country to appease some reporters?

Why do you think Tim Floyd quit the USC basketball program? In all likelihood to save Pete Carroll and USC football.  USC and Alabama football are way too valuable to the NCAA right now to have either program shut down. But make no mistake about it, the message is being sent that their patience with violators and future violators is growing thin and they can’t or won’t save everybody.