I’m tired of the media and the NCAA trying to explain how USC’s penalties and OSU’s are apples to oranges. I’m tired of waiting for an explanation of how Paul Dee got to preside over USC’s fate in the middle of Miami’s decade of cocaine, funded abortions, free prostitutes and drugs for players from a booster with sideline access.
Today, the NCAA ruled that Ohio State would serve a one-year bowl ban and add 4 scholarships to the 5 they “self sanctioned”. And they hit Jim Tressel in the nuts with the NCAA equivalent of the scarlet letter (how appropriate given OSU’s colors).
So, for USC’s crimes: 30 schollies, 2 year bowl ban.
For Ohio State’s crimes: 9 schollies, 1 year bowl ban.
This is just the latest in the NCAA’s final stand to claim any sort of control over their business that they still won’t admit is a business.
We have a term for that in my group of friends that we’ve borrowed from the hip hop artists of our youth. Wolf tickets. They are selling wolf tickets. They are selling a product that doesn’t exist.
Self-sanctioning is bullshit. USC self-sanctioned when OJ Mayo’s handler got paid $1000 and the NCAA leveraged it into an overall school compliance issue. Let’s go with their apples to oranges discussion point, because frankly it makes them look dumber than an asshole with a crumpled dollar bill continually trying to pay for Doritos at a vending machine.
USC was nailed for NOT KNOWING something they apparently SHOULD HAVE KNOWN in a dealing between a would-be agent and a player/player’s family.
Ohio State was nailed for covering up behavior for multiple players that would have resulted in violations and going out of their way to keep it a secret.
In fairness (which doesn’t apply with the NCAA), the monetary implications with OSU are far smaller than what Reggie Bush received. On the other hand, the head coach of OSU was caught repeatedly evading the NCAA. They tried to cover it up.
Part of me feels somewhat vindicated that at least this resembles what USC got, but it terrifies me that these clowns in Indianapolis will somehow let Miami off the hook using Penn State and possibly Syracuse as smokescreens.
When will USC get an explanation of how Paul Dee-led sanctions are credible? How can we trust their dealings with Ohio State are credible?
Self-sanctions are a joke in this case because OSU didn’t do this until they KNEW they were getting caught. A self-sanction in theory would be to say, “Oh no, our players are selling OSU contraband for profit, let’s suspend them for 4 games including the bowl, report it all right now and tack on 2 reduced scholarships”. In that instance, you are coming clean and assisting the NCAA.
So tell me how on earth the NCAA has lost so much cred that they even accepted OSU’s self-imposed sanctions? If you go out of your way to lie to me in a time where everyone knows you are selling wolf tickets and have about as much credibility as the drunk guy in the alley, I am going to accept your 5 schollies and RAISE you another 10 for patronizing me.
The NCAA has lost control.
And wait, it gets better. Miami “self-sanctioned” by forfeiting a bowl berth this year AFTER they went 6-5. They waited to see what kind of season they had before trying to sit out a year. They had BS suspensions for the current players involved. By the time the NCAA get around to sanctioning them, it will be essentially what USC got because Miami will have given up so many things that didn’t matter, they will look harsh on paper but in reality, be paper tiger sanctions.
I am so disgusted by the NCAA that I have resorted to praying to all Gods made available to me that Matt and TJ come back because I want a national title now. I have always said I only care about the Rose Bowl, and that is true, but in this case, I want the title because a top five finish only begins to rub the NCAA’s face in it.
They need to see that even their punishments mean nothing.
Take your time, NCAA. I’ll be hear waiting to call wolf tickets when you screw up again. It’s not that I wanted OSU to be more penalized than us because I hate Ohio State. Hell, I am too young to remember what it’s like to lose to them. To me, they are just a middle of the road academics school in a city I’d never live in that loves football and loses to USC like the rest of the Big 10. I don’t wish anything personal on them.
I just wanted you guys to make some sense for once. I wanted an explanation so we could finally just say definitively that you have no idea which way is up. I wanted you to nail them for 3 years and 40 total schollies over 4 years and say if USC should have known, you DID know. Then when Miami gets ripped, it should be for 7 years and 70 schollies because they should have known and probably did and worse, doled out punishment without looking in the mirror.
And then Penn State needs to lose football for a decade.
I want to see you guys make sense. Otherwise, I’ll fight you to the death and frankly, everyone is on my side.
One last quip. You let them hire Urban Meyer, who first recruited Cam Newton, but you punish Tressel. You let the Cam Newton thing go so easily and the whole world knows what happened. You have him on record saying MSU couldn’t pay what Auburn did and magically, Auburn did nothing? And if this kid asked for money at everywhere he’s been and previously SIGNED with Florida, you are telling me Meyer didn’t pay?
Wolf tickets, NCAA. Wolf tickets.
I misread the schollie reductions. Reread this post with the knowledge that now I believe this is complete and utter bullshit, not just wolf tickets.