The NCAA Needs to Be Punished

Joshua TaylorContributor IAugust 20, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The NCAA needs to take a second look at who they punish.  Over and over again they punish the school for infractions made by former players or coaches.  This needs to change, as the NCAA should get a new outlook on how the punish schools for violations.


       This past year has become a year of investigation by the NCAA on violations that schools have made, with coaches or players that are no longer there.  All you have to do is look at schools like, USC, WVU, and Tennessee. Schools that are under investigation because of prior employees on players.


       Look at WVU first off, they are getting punished for violations that former coach Rich Rodriguez committed.  While he was at West Virginia he committed similar violations that he now has Michigan in trouble for.  As petty as all of it is like practicing to over the limit, WVU will get punished for what a former coach has done wrong and is continuing to do wrong.


       The NCAA should not be punishing the school if they culprit is no longer there.  How is that fair?  What the NCAA needs to to is punish the one who committed the violations themselves.  USC has done nothing wrong under the Lane Kiffin era as early as it may be, but yet their players and coached are not allowed to play in a bowl game for two years. 


       Why not fine the guys who aren't playing by the rules?  Is it necessary to punish the ones who have done everything right, the ones who were forced to practice under the coaches committing violations.  Mass punishment should not be allowed in NCAA, you are punishing kids who go out there and do the right thing and just want to play football and be able to win bowl games.