Big Ten Needs to Forfeit Iowa Win Due to Cheating

robertContributor INovember 8, 2008

Cheating: to deceive. Iowa gets an unfair competitive advantage by adding heaters to their sidelines during games. This in turn leaves Penn State to fend for themselves against the odds.

I already know some of you will say there is not a rule specifically stating how home teams must provide the same equipment to visitors, but there is in the pros. 

This argument can be proven wrong on two different accounts. First of all, there are specific rules laid out about sportsmanship, and this act by Iowa violated every aspect of "good" sportsmanship. Therefore, it should be grounds for a forfeit.

Secondly, just because it's not a specific rule, does not make it right by any means. When a team acts in a manner that gives their own side an unfair advantage, it is outrageous and wrong.  There is such a creed at the collegiate level called a "gentleman's honor" and Iowa should be embarrassed because theirs is tarnished.  

The premeditated decision to alter the game based on protecting one team from the elements while exposing the other team is plain cheating. I cannot even come up with a euphemism to describe this situation.

The Coach and Athletic Director should be reprimanded and embarrassed publicly for cheating. It's wrong and it's time people are held accountable for their actions.

I would like someone to explain to me why this behavior by Iowa is appropriate even though it's so apparent that it gave an unfair advantage to the home team.  I am okay with a loss, but it's the way it came about and how the elements were a factor, and Iowa willfully made it more difficult.

The reason teams switch sides at half-time is so one team doesn't get an advantage over the other, so why would this situation be any different?