Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’


January 13, 2011



Meet the new NCAA boss. Same as the old NCAA boss.

Basketball writer Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News points out the latest example of abject NCAA hypocrisy. The governing body of college sports in America ruled once again on Wednesday that Turkish center Enes Kanter is ineligible to play basketball at the University of Kentucky.

Kanter was offered millions of dollars to play for a professional basketball team in Europe. He turned down the offer solely for the chance to play college basketball in America. His parents ASKED the NCAA if they could meet with the professional club. The NCAA agreed to allow the meeting but later ruled that Kanter’s father was paid too much expense money. Of course, that’s because Kanter’s father truthfully reported to the NCAA how much money he recieved.

The elder Kanter should have employed the strategy used by Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s father. In other words he should have lied, and lied, and lied. When new NCAA president Mark Emmert pointed out that there was “no question” Kanter shouldn’t be eligible, it was pointed out that Kanter originally commited to the University of Washington. That was when Emmert was the UW president. Obviously, Emmert had no problem with Kanter’s eligibilty then.

ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Seth Davis of CBS have pounded the NCAA over their ruling in the Kanter case. Vitale went so far as to say that if Kanter were at Washington he’d have been ruled eligible. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is also still pissed over the ruling.


November 5, 2009


The NCAA needs to stop making rules. College basketball fans, get ready to lose your minds! As the season gets ready to tip off, here’s a new atrocity being implemented by the fascistic governing body of college sports.  It’s a new “zero tolerance” policy approved by the NCAA  in regards to celebration in collegiate basketball games.

The stated reason of the NCAA edict is to “take emotion out of the game.” Great. That’s what’s wrong with college basketball now. Too many people care about it. Today’s Washington Post has the ridiculous details. College refs are being ordered to crack down on ANY show of emotion on the court. The NCAA says technical fouls will be handed out for any offense with “zero tolerance.”

This is literally the dumbest rule in the history of sports. Think not? Well, if the “no emotion” rule were strictly enforced with a technical foul (resulting in free throws for the other side) being awarded, the following plays would have been wiped out:

1990-U-Conn’s Tate George beats Clemson with buzzer beater as Huskies reach Final Four:


1998-Tiny Valpo upsets #4 seed Mississippi:



1995-UCLA advances to Sweet 16 (and eventual National Championship) on miracle Tyus Edney coast-to-coast drive:




1987-Keith Smart gives Bob Knight and Indiana another title with last second shot:


1983-The biggest offender of all as the late Jim Valvano shows emotion after Lorenzo Charles tips in the winning shot for underdog N.C. State:



Interpreted literally, every single one of these plays would have been wiped out by the new NCAA rule with the opposing team being awarded free throws. DUMBASS NCAA!


August 11, 2009

Clemson Tigers Division Boxers


The NCAA  is an incompetent, autocratic, and evil organization. They often issue arbitrary, mind-boggling edicts that defy common sense.

However, for the first time in history, the governing body of college sports appears to have been shamed into doing the right thing. All it took was underwear.

The Clemson underwear case has received a ton of attention, particularly in college sports markets. For the uninformed, the NCAA actually hit the Clemson football program with sanctions and penalties for using non-complying undergarments during football practice. The ACC actually was forced to cite Clemson for wearing “improper attire” at their practices. The reason? Apparently the amount of padding in the Clemson undergarments exceeded NCAA regulations. The NCAA formally sanctioned Clemson over the “incident” and ordered the program to be penalized two practices.

The story was first reported by and has been alternately referred to as “The Clemson Underwear Case” and “Girdle Gate.” The story has completely blown up, since it seems to crystalize people’s feelings about just how stupid and arbitrary NCAA sanctions are.

For instance, Clemson has been hammered over underwear but NOTHING happened to them when one one of their recruits posed on his MySpace page literally holding bags of money:




Even chatrooms from rival college teams have blasted the NCAA over their stupidity in this case.

The sanctions were so shameful and idiotic that the NCAA has actually backed down. On Monday, the NCAA actually lifted their penalties against Clemson.

The “Clemson Underwear Case” is apparently over.



July 11, 2009



Frank Deford is still alive. Barely.

Deford is so old that he makes a Gilbert and Sullivan reference in his column for this week. Gilbert was born in 1836, Sullivan in 1842.

The column is about the NCAA’s recent decision to put the likenesses of its student atletes on video games but not pay them any money for doing so. Deford points out that an identical policy by the former NFLPA, in dealing with their retired players, resulted in them losing a $30 million lawsuit.

Deford says the concept of amateurism is a “Victorian concept” and a “sham.” Deford actually calls the NCAA “evil” in his column.


May 20, 2009


The NCAA continues to take a pounding from Congress. Now, the governing body of college athletics is having its tax exempt status challenged-a move that could cost the organization hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), said,


“Colleges should explain how they use their commercial revenue to get the biggest bang for the buck in fulfillment of their educational mission.”


Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. He quoted a report by the Congressional Budget Office which studied whether the NCAA should be allowed to keep its tax exempt status and how much money the federal government would bring in if it were stripped.

The latest round of bad news comes following the NCAA’s disastrous appearance before Congress earlier this month and a seperate judge’s ruling finding the organization in contempt of court.


May 13, 2009



A judge yesterday threatened to find the NCAA in contempt of court for violating an order he made earlier this year.  In February, an Ohio court ruled that the NCAA’s ban on athletes hiring lawyers was illegal.  At the time of his ruling, Judge Tygh Tone WARNED the NCAA that they could not violate his ruling, even while the governing body of college sports was appealing his decision. Said Tone,



“Student-athletes must have their opportunity to access the court system without fear of punitive actions.”



Judge Tone ruled that all Americans (even college athletes) have the right to a lawyer. The New York Times called Judge Tone’s ruling a “stern rebuke.” Nevertheless, the NCAA just sent out a memo on Monday telling all players eligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft that if they retained an attorney or an adviser they would lose their college eligibility. Judge Tone went nuts.

Tone has ordered the NCAA to “show cause” why it should not be cited for contempt of court. He further ordered the NCAA to turn over the name of the person who wrote the memo about lawyers and the draft. Theoretically, that person could be put IN JAIL for contempt of court. If the NCAA refuses to come up with the memo author, Tone could start tossing NCAA executives in the clink ad nauseum!

This entire fiasco started when the NCAA ruled Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver ineligible on the eve of the 2008 Division I baseball playoffs. Oliver was drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins. He turned down their offer and decided to go to college at Oklahoma State. The NCAA claimed that, since Oliver had his lawyer in the room when he talked to the Twins, he was ineligible to be classified as an “amateur” athlete and should be kicked out of school.

Oliver didn’t get mad at the NCAA. He took them to court and won. Now, it’s the NCAA who turns out to be the rule breakers, not Oliver.





September 24, 2008


Dan Wetzel has another brilliant column on Yahoo! Sports today.

Wetzel makes the argument that we have now entered the “Golden Age” of cheating by NCAA division one football and basketball teams. College sports teams are now free to cheat without any fear whatsoever about ever being caught or punished.

The NCAA hasn’t busted a single football or basketball program in fifteen months. According to Wetzel, that means college sports teams are now free to cheat with total impunity.

This is the longest period of time without the NCAA handing down probation since 1962. From 1986-2006 the NCAA averaged putting sanctions on seven teams a year. In 1962 the NCAA had ONE investigator in the entire country. Wetzel shreds the NCAA which has hired 20 extra salaried investigators.

Either these investigators are completely incompetent or corrupt. Despite having detailed financial records, which include credit card receipts, from a former “agent” who gave USC star Reggie Bush money, the NCAA has done NOTHING to cheating programs like USC. Also, despite a mountain of evidence, the NCAA has also chosen to ignore academic fraud at schools like Auburn.

According to Wetzel, “It never has been so obvious the NCAA is protecting its big-time programs and television money.”

Although the NCAA did nail Middle Tennessee State volleyball and Texas Southern tennis.


September 20, 2008


How corrupt is the NCAA? Despite mounds of evidence, they just cleared Auburn University and their football program on charges of academic fraud. The practice of Auburn football players receiving high grades for classes they never attended was so widespread that it was featured in the New York Times.

Eighteen members of the undefeated 2004 Auburn football team, which finished No. 2 in the nation, took a course from the same professor which required no class attendance and virtually no work.  

According to,

“The NCAA had investigated claims that a sociology professor was helping football players and other athletes stay eligible through independent study courses, which allow students to avoid classroom time.”

Why am I not shocked over the NCAA’s findings? Auburn plays in the SEC which is the same conference as Mississippi. Ole Miss drew criticism a couple of years ago when they tried to give a scholarship to a high school football player who was illiterate.