Miami Hurricanes Football Scandal: Hurricanes Victims of Broken System
The college football world was turned upside down earlier this week when Nevin Shapiro, a former booster for the University of Miami, confessed to bribing players to play for the school for a number of years. But any outrage that fans feel should not be directed at Miami, but the broken system that they are a part of.
Shapiro's confession, which was the subject of a report by Charles Robinson from Yahoo! Sports, has fans up in arms about the Miami program, believing that this is an indication of the way things are run at the school and the program should get the "Death Penalty" for all these infractions.
The problem with that is Miami is not the only school that is doing illegal things. They got caught, which is something that not a lot of other schools do, but to think that this is an isolated incident would be naive.
The rules in the NCAA are easy to get around, which is why teams are able to break rules to begin with, so why shouldn't teams try to do whatever they can to get an advantage over other teams when there are millions of dollars at stake?
As Michael Rosenberg from SI.com wrote, "the current cycle is absurd and pointless: Athletes take what they can get. Schools ignore it. Unless an excellent reporter like Charles Robinson of Yahoo! looks into it, or a booster gets in legal trouble (as Shapiro did), nothing happens."
Why should Miami be punished for doing something that goes on all across the country? Why are people outraged at what happened?
If you were 18- or 19-years old and someone offers you some money to go to their school, wouldn't you take it?
Miami is not the first school to be found doing something violating NCAA rules, they aren't even the only school this year that has gotten in trouble, so don't bash them for trying to take advantage of a broken system.
These people that run these schools are the ones to blame because they turn a blind eye to what goes on behind the scenes because they see the dollar signs at the end of the tunnel.
If you want real change, don't punish the student-athletes that are taking what boosters are offering them. Punish the Athletic Directors that will disregard the rules just to make a buck.
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