Why did the NCAA have to get a backbone now? Many were extremely happy (and surprised) they came down hard on USC, but over the past 12 months it seems as if they have turned into an entirely unrecognizable organization that actually cares that the rules be followed.
We all know about UM's "Practicegate", but the NCAA also has recently upped the self-imposed penalties on Memphis' basketball program, they are crawling all over the SEC and ACC about players' contacts with agents (and seriously for a change), they just issued a notice of infractions to WVU that parallels the UM situation and now they are back looking at Tennessee for potential recruiting violations during the Kiffin "era" (is one year an era?). Normally, I would be all for this, but the timing totally sucks. It's as if the NCAA has decided it is time to make a statement in a number of areas where teams frequently are too lax or skirt too close to the edge of the rules or even intentionally go over the line because after all "everybody does it."
I will not be satisfied that UM is totally out of the woods until the NCAA says so. And I am feeling increasingly uneasy that the August 14 hearing is much more than a mere formality.