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07/23/2010 - 1:25pm Pepperdine

Cal Poly isn't in the WCC.

Thanks for the support everyone. And a special thanks to Brian. The interview I did with him got the blog really noticed for the first time.

07/23/2010 - 1:22pm Imagine all the Kentucky fans

I thought I was pretty fair to them too.

07/06/2010 - 8:09pm Michigan Is Getting a Midwest Discount

That's nothing to compared to the $900,000 that Binghamton spent on the audit of its basketball program. That doesn't even include a potential major infractions case and the clean-up. And lord only knows what USC spent over those four years.

05/25/2010 - 2:20pm You forgot about USC

There's a reason the USC case has already taken twice as long as usual to publish the final report. USC is the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove that the Committee on Infractions is still the law, especially since USC is the school the COI has been accused of protecting for all these years.

The COI might well be exhausted and not up for the same type of fight they normally are, especially since it may well be the last hearing for the current chair of the committee.

05/25/2010 - 2:16pm Nice take

The second to last paragraph about complacency explains probably 90% of the major violations the NCAA processes. Coaches and administrators haven't quite grasped that the NCAA is going to drag athletic departments kicking and screaming into the 21st century where you need to monitor and document what you're doing, be transparent about more of your activities, and be accountable for your mistakes, not just your willful bad acts.

As far as why I think Michigan might lost a countable coach, think of it like this. Michigan went over the required practice hours, so they reduced required practice hours. Michigan went over countable coaches, so it makes sense to require them to reduce countable coaches. Reducing the number of QC staff is like reducing voluntary practice hours in the summer.

02/24/2010 - 1:13pm Institutional Control

I wanted to pop back here and respond to this one.

There's a number of reasons why the NCAA isn't sitting around like cops with radar guns looking to bust people.

1) Institutional control is a bedrock principle of the NCAA. You are supposed to investigate yourself, you are supposed to report your own violations, and you are supposed to control your own athletic department. It's not the NCAA's philosophy that it's fine as long as you don't get caught.

2) The NCAA doesn't have the staff or the powers to randomly investigate programs based on zero information. It's a limited number of people in charge of making sure that 330+ Division I schools are policing themselves properly. But when they do get information, they follow through pretty consistently. Had the ex-players complained to just the NCAA and not the Free Press, there would have been an investigation just the same.

3) The NCAA has procedures for checking up on schools even when something doesn't go wrong. Every 10 years an athletic department goes through certification, an 18-month to two year long process where the NCAA reviews things like institutional control, academic integrity, and monitoring procedures. Conferences conduct external audits of athletic departments every couple of years. And internal audits of some aspect (recruiting, financial aid, practice regulations) are required every year.

4) You see what Elijah Fields did? Don't assume that you need a hostile reporter to get this stuff out in the open.