Since Steven Rhodes participated in "Organized football games" while being deployed with other marines (aging from 18-40) the NCAA has ruled him inelgibile. MTSU is appealing this ruling, and if there is any good left in the NCAA they better let this guy play.
In this round of "Wheel of Sanctions," it appears the NCAA has decided to take a greater hit to its credibility, by putting Nevin Shapiro on its payroll in the case against Miami (YTM). This is an unbelievable thing for an investigating body to do, and reaks of conflict of interest.
It looks like they may be starting the ENTIRE Miami investigation over because of tainted information, and in my opinion, Miami has every right to tell the NCAA to GTFO since they have already self imposed 2 years of bowl bans and put their football program through enough bad publicity.
Also, it looks like the NCAA is now investigating ITSELF, which is hilarious in its own way.
The Michigan football team cut its practice time more rapidly than originally expected in order to faster fulfill the 130 hours it must dock itself due to NCAA violations.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday at the Big Ten spring meetings that the Wolverines have already removed two-thirds of the hours (roughly 85) docked due to the NCAA extra practice probe under former coach Rich Rodriguez.
The deadline for completing the practice reductions is the 2011-12 academic year, but according to Brandon (per ESPN):
"We're well ahead, and we will have given back all of those hours well before ," Brandon said.
Still, Brandon said the sanctions will have left their mark on the program.
"Our football team has practiced less than our competitors, and practice is one of the things you rely on to get better," he said. "So to a certain extent, we're at a competitive disadvantage. We had real, tangible penalties to deal with, and we are still dealing with them."
Mark Emmert wants to start hitting NCAA rule-breakers hard.
The governing body's president said Tuesday he wants schools that violate the rules to pay a stiff penalty -- one that's punitive enough to make coaches and others think twice about cheating.
"We need to make sure our penalty structure and enforcement process imposes a thoughtful level of concern, and that the cost of violating the rules costs more than not violating them," Emmert said.
He also said that he is committing more resources to investigations.
Given the timing of this announcement, and the fact that OSU is the main school in the NCAA's crosshairs right now, this could be a signal for a monster hammer coming down in Ohio.
I'm not a big fan of Rick Reilly, but I'm intrigued by his Aug. 16 column on "Random Wallet Testing." The Fab Five (along with Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, Steve Fisher John Calipari, Reggie Bush, et. al.,) come in for Reilly Bashing. In brief, he suggests that if coaches had the cajons to ask for receipts for expensive items (diamond studs, wheels, living quarters, etc.,) they could protect themselves and their programs from disgrace and NCAA sanctions. The article is at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5468374.
Honestly, I've often wondered the same thing. I remember the Mercedes that Rich Rellford was driving his senior year, and it sure wasn't paid for with per diem money. It doesn't seem like it takes a rocket scientist to figure out something's wrong when one or more of your players is sporting expensive toys like that. It just takes balls that many coaches don't have. I can't imagine Bo turning the other way if one of the guys on his team was cruising in a Hummer or wearing $1,000 threads. Too many coaches (and fans, for that matter) figure, if I don't ask about it, and pretend I don't see it, then it doesn't exist.