We have all sat back on our heels, watching the NCAA run roughshod throughout the collegiate athletics scene. They pick and choose whom they determine worthy of a significant lambasting and relaxing their large hammer on programs that have a certain standing within the political hierarchy that exists in Indianapolis.
We are all witness to the irrefutable evidence that exists in regards to their inexplicable disdain to treat every situation, or crime, in a similar fashion. A school like Georgia Tech, in the friendly confines of Atlanta, was stripped of their 2009 ACC championship and forced to pay a stout $100,000 dollar fine for a measly $312 worth of clothing. Meanwhile, in Columbus, a program was skirting every rule declared in the large, albeit archaic, rulebook that Mark Emmert and the NCAA power structure forces NCAA member institutions to abide.
Deals on cars, tattoos and god knows what else, all in exchange for signed memorabilia that players had so kindly struck with their pen in hand. Players dating back to the early 2000's, such as Maurice Clarett and Mark Titus, a blogger at Club Trillion and former walk-on for the basketball program, came forth and declared that this had been a common practice in and around C-BUS, as it is affectionately known, throughout the Tressell tenure, not just during the Terrelle Pryor enrollment.
Their punishment? A couple of suspensions, the "dismissal" of a rogue coach and player and a few vacated wins, all self-imposed, and somehow avoiding the dangerous terminology of "lack of institutional control."
Penalties are close in nature to those that the Yellow Jacket's received, except the difference in value of the goods and services received by the players is equivalent to the difference in a pack of Ramen noodles and a bleu-cheese crusted filet mignon at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
How did Ohio State manage to skirt by without receiving the harshest of penalties? Many members of the media and fans throughout the country thought that The Ohio State University was headed for a punishment similar to one that was recently doled out on the campus of Southern California, one of the most severe slaps since The Pony Express. How could they possibly skate free?
Could it revolve around an obvious level of kinship that surrounds certain programs? Does the old adage, "It's all about who you know,” even permeate throughout the amateur-athletics world?
In case you are uneducated on the matter, let's take a look at the background information regarding the leaders of the NCAA and Ohio State, respectively, and we will suddenly be revealed an answer to the aforementioned question.
In an article written in 2005, Emmert spoke about the long-standing relationship that existed between himself and Gordon Gee, Ohio State's current president.
But it wasn't long before Emmert caught the eye of the academic leaders at Colorado. His public affairs dean offered him an assistant dean's post and Emmert couldn't turn him down. Here was the nexus between politics, management and public policy he had so often talked about.
Gee was already an academic legend, having been appointed a university president while still in his 30s. After Colorado he would go on to head Ohio State, Brown and Vanderbilt.
"We all but lived together, and living with Gordon is an education," Emmert recalls. "He is the most energetic person I've known. In one year, I got five years of experience."
Yes, you read that correctly, Emmert and Gee have a relationship that goes well beyond the inherent aspects of a NCAA president and a leader of an underlying university.
We are speaking of two men whom have a relationship that backdates throughout each of their careers. Should this not bring forth some form of conflict-of-interest complaint?
Not in the minds of the NCAA.
They are free from the system that we all are subject to during our everyday lives, a system of checks and balances.
There are zero ramifications for the guilty verdicts and the sentencing that follows in the courts of Indianapolis. All that exists is an overpowered dictator who possesses the ability to spare the family friends, while placing a steel-toe boot directly to the chin of those they deem inferior to the internal hierarchy of their dictatorship.
Georgia Tech played the role of peon in this certain situation, while Ohio State continued to live the role of wealthy citizen whom has the monarch's best interests at heart.
Who will be next in line to feel the power of hypocrisy that currently oversees our institutions?
Chancellor Holden Thorp has drastically followed the theory that served Ohio State so well.
Step 1: Deny guilt. Step 2: Wait and see. Step 3: Deny all institutional guilt. Step 4: Fire coach. Step 5: Pay fired coach handsomely with a severance package. Step 6: Reinforce blame on recently fired coach. Step 7: Continue to deny all guilt throughout the rest of your existence. Step 8: Dance a jig that would make Jesco White proud.
If we see a punishment that differs in regards to UNC and Ohio State, the evidence will only continue to rise toward an irrefutable evidential argument that supports complete corruption within the power structure in Indianapolis.
Sit, wait, and watch the drama slowly unfold.