OT: NCAA finally cracking down on big time programs caught cheating

Submitted by Hard-Baughlls on October 20th, 2016 at 2:01 PM

I know the NCAA gets a lot of crap for letting certain programs slide despite an abundance of evidence of payments, bag men, academic scandals, athlete assualt of other students, etc.

Schools like Bama, Ole Miss, the SEC in general, USC, Notre Dame and others have seemingly gotten off easy despite recent scandals, and a cynic may say, it's because these schools bring in big money to the networks, the NCAA and sponsors.

We can debate the fairness of the rules (should players be paid,etc) from now until eternity, but as it stands, the rules are established and certain programs are simply known to be cutting corners.  That being said, we should all applaud the NCAA for finally drawing a line in the sand.

The juggernaut that is the Fighting Braves of Alcorn State, may indeed never recover from this. Not sure if they will be able to survive the probation for their violations, but somebody needed to be held accountable for the transgressions of nearby Ole Miss.




October 20th, 2016 at 2:38 PM ^

Changing admissions standards is up to the school. They were in dire streets in regard to their standards when they hired Holtz and if they had to bend their integrity for a small amount of time, so be it. I am guessing the administration thought they were in position, based on Holtz reviving the program, to make another top-noth hire should Davie not work out. 

Other than admissions standards, which is totally their call, the only violations I can think of the program committing is the Kim Dunbar incident. 

We have two of the biggest violators in our conference. Actually in a recent study by supposedly objective journalsits, the determination was that yes, OSU committed far more egregious violations, but the distinction of dirtiest program had to got to MSU solely by the sheer numbers involved. ND should not be included here. 


October 20th, 2016 at 3:28 PM ^

had sex assualt scandals...one that led to a young lady committing suicide, yet they took minimal action.  They also had the tragedy of the young student video cameraman die due to heavy winds knocking him off his perch. I was referring to these instances being swept under the rug...I am not aware of any academic or pay to play scandals at ND recently that went unpunished.  

I do remember their QB cheated and there was some cheating scandal there that led to suspensions by the school and they seemed to handle it appropriately....not sure the NCAA got involved with that situation.  



October 20th, 2016 at 3:13 PM ^

To me, this reads like these violations are really among the CORE things that the NCAA expects from its member institutions --- following prescribed processes to make sure student-athletes are making expected academic progress.

To quote: "the (NCAA) panel found the University did not provide adequate rules education to its academic advisors, which resulted in the school failing to monitor its certification process."

For better or worse --- this isn't the first school that is financially struggling (as Alcorn is) to have issues in this regard.   Your average B1G school has the $$$ to hire an abudance of administrators to keep up on these things.  Many schools don't have that $$$.

Hopson is a good coach.  As I read things --- he is 100% clear here.  This appears to be an administrative thing --- an administrative thing that is absolutely under the NCAA's pervue.


October 20th, 2016 at 4:24 PM ^

The NCAA released a report on Wednesday saying that Alcorn State "failed to monitor its progress-toward-degree certification process when it improperly certified 28 student-athletes" in the 11 sports, including football, men's basketball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball.

The financial penalty for this, per the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, was $5,000 which must go towards compliance education, although I don't know how much of that education you can do for $5,000. It probably costs more than that just to get someone to consider perhaps consulting the department on this.