January 5th, 2010 at 11:08 AM ^

Good, hopefully this will set a precedent that one (in this case a couple) bad apple(s) in a university athletic system can ruin the whole bunch. Some people never could understand that.


January 5th, 2010 at 2:01 PM ^

But, but...he had a Rhodes Scholar on his team last year! And he loves going to church! And he'll go into any living room in America and tell the fine young man's parents, grandparents, priest, rabbi, etc. how much he cares for those kids and how they'll be raised to be fine, upstanding citizens!

But seriously, the sad thing is that most big-name coaches have these types of skeletons in their closets. The problem for Bowden is that he (a) started losing too much, and (b) he flaunted his apparent invincibility from sanctions for so long that at some point people simply could not ignore them any longer. I never liked Bowden so I am happy he received his comeuppance, but this selective enforcement/punishment by the NCAA doesn't really inspire me.


January 5th, 2010 at 3:51 PM ^

The worst example, of course, is Calipari - people know he is breaking the rules wherever he goes, but the NCAA seemingly allows him to coach however he wants and swoops in when he leaves. I'm not saying Carroll is at that same level - it is hard to imagine anyone else being that swarmy - but I agree that the hammer won't fall on USC until Carroll has packed his bags and moved to Malibu permanently.