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The NCAA . . . . . . Every Schools Worst Enemy

Since laying the slap down on the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Program at the end of last summer for the use an ineligible players during the 2007 – 2008 season the NCAA Infractions Committee has been on somewhat of a roll, putting the kibosh on a few of the largest and most storied collegiate athletic programs in the nation. While others still remain under investigation, the school that has been hit the hardest by far recently has been the University of Southern California, but as things look right now other universities won’t be very far behind. With violations stemming from improper contact with recruits, improper benefits for players, violations on practice time and workouts, and improper contact with agents just to name a few, your favorite school could soon be missing players if the NCAA’s findings are not in their favor. Along with finding these players ineligible, the NCAA could also place fines the universities in question, disqualify them from post-season participation, force the schools to vacate wins, limit player/coach, player/recruit interaction time, amongst other penalties that can be handed down at the NCAA’s discretion. 

University of Georgia Wide Receiver A.J Green Has Been Suspended 4 Games By The NCAA After They Determined He Received "Improper Benefits" and Had "Improper Contact With An Agent". Green and Georgia Are Currently Appealing The Suspension But If It Stands Green Won't Return To The Field Until Saturday October 2, 2010.

Though the committees doing the investigating and punishing seem to be on somewhat of a roll, these rules have been in place for some time. This leaves many school administrators, members of the media, and fans alike wondering where the sudden boom in violations, investigations, and penalties are coming from. Did schools all of a sudden just stop following the laws they are sworn to abide by through their allegiance to the NCAA? Did coaches just decide in unison to ignore the guidelines in regards to recruiting and practice? Did student athletes have an epiphany that they wanted to start getting paid for their services and no longer wanted to do their own homework? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Universities, coaches, and players alike have been breaking and bending the line between acceptable and violation since the rules were created. For so long the NCAA turned the blind eye to everything that was going on in college athletics, slapping a team or two on the wrist every couple of years just to show they were still in control, but rarely anything serious. Unfortunately all things must come to an end and over the past 2 years the NCAA has begun to grab a hold over the madness that would eventually take over their system.

The results of the NCAA’s hard stance on all of these matters can be viewed by just looking  on the field this weekend. Top players from some of the top ranked college football teams this season have been preemptively suspended by the universities they play for as a precaution while the NCAA investigates possible violations. School administrators, athletic directors, and coaches aren’t taking any chances of playing with ineligible players or those that might be ruled ineligible after seeing what the Infractions Committee did to both Memphis and USC in recent years.

Looking into the future, things will undoubtably get worse before they get any better, as the NCAA seems to be attacking all issues head on until they rid the system of most or all wrongdoers. Stay tuned to see how this new stance affects your favorite school or university in the future.

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September 10, 2010 - Posted by | High School, High School Football, High School Recruiting, Memphis Tigers, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, Off The Field, Prep Sports, SEC Basketball, SEC Football, SEC Media Days, University of Georgia, USC

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