The NCAA was really active in the 2010 college football season. With multiple investigations and sanctions being handed down preseason to football and basketball players, a huge story and revelation of one of College's most talented football players to ever hit the grid iron, Cameron Newton, and a questionable call at the end of the season, to let 5 rule breaking players of Ohio State participate in their bowl game, but suspending them for the first 5 games of the next season, has many football fans up in a frenzy. What has the NCAA accomplished by all of this? Lets take a look.
The NCAA was once looked at with high regards and thought to be an organization that not only practice what they preach, but instilled a sense of guidance and integrity. With the lack of communication and explanation of actions the NCAA enforces upon student athletes and college programs, it has certainly raised many questions regarding the credibility of the NCAA and furthermore leaves us with many questions as to the level of punishments handed down, seeing that they evaluate and determine such punishment on a case by case basis. Where is the credibility and consistency in that?
The NCAA over the years has acquired many different opinions from College sports fans and media analyst. Before the 2010 season, most looked at the NCAA as a reputable organization that governs the policies in which it adapted with high standards and minimal mistakes. The 2010 season has forever changed that opinion of most College sports fans. The Cameron Newton saga, which is still ongoing as of March 2011 according to multiple NCAA officials has left the reputation of the organization in shambles. Why so much silence? Why are there still so many unanswered questions? Why is the investigation process becoming so lengthy? The answer to these questions are still unknown. The fall of the NCAA's present day reputation started with the Reggie Bush and University of Southern California fiasco, and what looks to be a repeat of that case, enter Cameron Newton. Leaving people in the blank and letting games play out that involves millions of dollars sure will tarnish a reputation and the NCAA has succeeded at that.
When all this is said and done involving Cameron Newton and more and more cases come up in which involve recruiting and paying players at other Universities across the country, will the standard be the same or will it be a different standard? If it stays the same, the aftermath of all this could very well get quite ugly. The NCAA needs to take a hard look at itself and regroup and work out the kinks in their bylaws and make sure something like this never happens again. If this becomes a normal occurrence, one will wonder how long institutions will remain loyal to the NCAA and rally for a break in ties.
As far as the Cam Newton case, there is no conclusion as of yet, and by the looks of things, not one in the foreseeable future. The NCAA is working hard to make sure these types of problems do not occur again, and for that, they can be commended. However, actions speak louder than words and for the sake of College Sports as we know them today, we all hope the NCAA gets it right.