It has not been a good year for the bad guys. In the past, it seemed like there might be one or two large "so-called" scandals each year. And when I say one or two, I mean for all sports under the NCAA umbrella.This past year, the NCAA has stepped up its efforts to bring those to justice who dare break their self-imposed rules. Ask Southern Cal. Ask Connecticut, Ask Tennessee. Ask North Carolina. Those are just a few of the collegiate programs under the NCAA's microscope right now.
But not only has the NCAA been involved with university violators, but individual violators as well. "Agentgate", as it is known in the sports world, has brought to light a multitude of collegiate athletes who are "assumed" guilty of numerous infractions by the NCAA. And the NCAA has been busy dishing out punishment to them as well, or has currently placed them under investigation. Keep in mind that the individuals are getting punished, not their respective universities. Ask Marcel Dareus. Ask A.J. Green. Ask Marvin Austin. Ask Weslye Saunders.
Let's take a look at some of the punishments these athletes have received so far:
Marcel Dareus (Alabama) -- Two game suspension for receiving improper benefits from an agent.
A.J. Green (Georgia) -- Four game suspension for selling his Independence Bowl jersey on-line.
Marvin Austin (North Carolina) -- Indefinite suspension from team. Currently testifying before the Secretary of State's office to give testimony about allegations into whether agents and financial advisers violated the Uniform Athletes Agents Act.
Weslye Saunders (South Carolina) -- Dismissed from team.
Now let's look at Jeremiah Masoli's punishment. Oh wait, the NCAA rescinded its punishment by holding up Ole Miss' appeal. And what was Masoli's violation? Burglary charge. Cited for marijuana possession. I understand he was kicked off of Oregon's team. I understand he found a loophole and was allowed to transfer to Mississippi. What I don't understand is how his football career never missed a beat.
This is just one case where the NCAA has failed to do their job. I also don't understand the discrepancies in the punishments handed down by the NCAA. The NCAA is like the CIA or IRS of collegiate athletics. They are a self-governing agency with way too much power. Universities should get together and decide on set punishments for certain violations. Then they can decide the punishments of the individuals that attend their university, not the NCAA.
Let's take some of the power out of the hands of the dictator of collegiate athletics that we call the NCAA. The NCAA can decide the punishment of the universities. The universities can decide the punishment of its players.