The University of Miami Football program allegedy commits NCAA violations, no one gives a shit.

‘The U’, as it’s affectionately called by illiterate players and idiot fans everywhere, is involved in a major NCAA violations scandal.  People everywhere collectively yawn.

It seems like everyone on the planet is realistic about powerhouse Division I football programs except for the governing body of powerhouse Division I football programs, the NCAA.  I’ve already voiced my distaste for that dirtbag organization here, and this is another great example of why I can’t stand the filthy animals that work at that office in Indiana.

Yes, that was a 'Home Alone' reference, if you were paying close attention.

Why does the NCAA bother me in this particular situation?  First, I feel like I need to establish that student-athletes are not ordinary people when they play a sport for a well renowned university.  Not on their campus, and not in the towns or cities where they attend school.  That’s just a fact of life.  Stop and consider for a moment that these are 18 to 20-something year old kids.  How do you think they’re going to handle being a local celebrity, let alone a national one?  Imagine yourself a college student again, eating in the cafeteria every day and drinking Old German beer at night.  If someone walked up to you and wanted to give you $1,000, no strings attached, you would take the money without thinking twice.  And personally, I don’t have a problem with that at all.  If you want to get your head smashed in by a bunch of Neanderthals for my entertainment (and for the NCAA’s profit), I feel that you should be compensated accordingly.

And why shouldn’t college athletes, especially football players, be compensated for the services that they provide?  Miami football can cram 75,000-plus fans into Sun Life Stadium each week, generating millions of dollars of revenue for the University and the NCAA.  Maybe in a fantastic draft class five kids are taken by NFL teams out of the 60 or so ‘student athletes’.  And I hate when people say, ‘Well, they’re getting a free college education.  They shouldn’t get paid.’  That’s horse shit.  The rest of those football players who don’t go to the NFL will have to find real jobs with their college educations.  Take a look at a study conducted by the Wall Street Journal and consider how many of those kids actually earn degrees that will be practical in helping them secure a job once they leave college.  (Sorry to those 103 liberal arts majors, but it’s a tough job market out there.)  Those kids’ jobs are to be football players.  If the NCAA really wanted to take care of its student athletes, they’d pull that stick out of their asses and pay to let every student athlete go back to school after they graduate so they can actually focus on earning a practical degree.

So I guess the crux of my hatred for the NCCA stems from the fact that as an organization, they have no problem pimping out these ‘student athletes’ on television.  In fact, and though no one in the NCAA will ever admit it, they probably don’t have that big of a problem with players receiving fringe benefits, like a little cash here-and-there, or access into a night club, or, dare I say a car, as long as no one is the wiser.  Once some nosy reporter starts poking around, however, it seems like that’s when everyone starts jumping on their moral high horses.  Just stop and think for a minute.  Do you really think that there were zero violations going on at the University of Miami, which is located in Miami, Florida, before 2002?

I'm sure no student-athletes were making questionable choices in the city of Miami before 2002, right NCAA?

No one in the NCAA cares about any kind of violation until it’s brought to light.  Only then do they mount their Righteous Stallion of Integrity, open an investigation, and ride full speed with their Sword of Truthiness to cripple a deserving college sports program.

Whatever.  That’s literally all I can think to say to the NCAA; whatever.  Like any subhuman, soul-sucking machine, the NCAA doesn’t really care about its ‘student athletes’, universities, or fans.  It cares about a bottom line so that the people at the top of food chain can get paid.  And if you think the NCAA really isn’t a business functioning to make money, check out this contract that they signed with CBS.  And people wonder why they want to expand the tournament field.

Now, all of that being said, if someone is paying for hookers for players on a football team, that’s just wrong.  That’s a crime, and I’m fine with throwing the book at whoever you want to throw the book at after an investigation.  I also don’t like douchebags.  Just because you’re a college football player, doesn’t mean that you should act like a total turd.

Kellen Winslow and former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. Behavior like this is never acceptable under any circumstances. You're in Miami. You don't need long sleeves.

But seriously, no one outside of the NCAA gives a shit about a ‘student athlete’ receiving money or tickets to a sporting event.  No one cares if the head coach of the football program knew that his football players were receiving ‘improper’ benefits.  Walk down the street and ask ten random people you meet if it offends their general sensibilities if college football player earn money for their services.  No one will care.  Clearly the NFL has no problem with its employees being involved in scandalous NCAA violations, as evidenced by Pete Carroll’s hiring in Seattle.

So, NCAA, get off your high horse.  You’re the only one still pretending.

Sources: 1, 2

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4 Responses to The University of Miami Football program allegedy commits NCAA violations, no one gives a shit.

  1. Admin says:

    I beg to differ. I care and so does Penn State. Look into Penn State’s Academic All-Americans the list is long and carries several former and current professional players. Read this great article from offensive coordinator Jay Paterno http://www.statecollege.com/news/authors/jay-paterno-41/ Current Jaguars player and former PSU player Paul Posluszny takes his offseason much more seriously than other players http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-3/Poz-pursues-second-passion/14cf6143-3ca4-44b4-bd8c-c8bf6ec1cfd5. I personally had class with him and he cared. Paying players is a slippery slope for schools because very few athletic departments are profitable, how do you manage the non-revenue sports? There are so many problems that come from paying players, that I could go on forever. Penn State’s football team supplies all the other sports with their funds, supporting the greater good. It is entirely separate of the general academic fund. With slim margins already as one of the few profitable athletic departments how do they begin to rationalize paying players. Just some thoughts to think about.

  2. Andy says:

    I know that there’s a good number of college athletes that care about their academics (Craig Krenzel graduated with a degree in molecular genetics). I intended that portion of the piece to be subversive. But there are a good portion of athletes that only go to school to play a sport and don’t care about their academics. Those are the kids that get groupies to write their English 101 research reports. I’m okay with that. I just wish the NCAA would stop pretending that it doesn’t happen at every college (even Edinboro University).

    As far as giving players a stipend, I think the NCAA should foot that money, not the individual universities. With that $11 billion contract they just signed, I think that they could afford to allocate some money to the players whose backs they’re riding. I think the universities should be given the money to distribute to the athletes in the profitable programs (mostly football and basketball). I’m sure people would whine that it’s not fair, but to them I’d say you shouldn’t have played a stupid sport like water polo in college. No one cares.

  3. Admin says:

    If no one cared, there wouldn’t be a Big Ten Network or Longhorn Network showing all sports from all member schools. I consistently watch Penn State Volleyball men’s and women’s anytime they are on TV. Go to the girls final four volleyball tournament the place packs an arena, hotels, and city for several days. Tell the US Women’s national soccer team that the millions of people watching them play in the World Cup didn’t care. That their time spent honing their craft on college campuses was worth jack shit.

    If anything, maybe the argument here is to allow players to jump to the NFL right out of high school to see if that works. A system similar to minor league baseball. To me that isn’t nearly as appealing as going to a college football game to take in the entire atmosphere surrounded that game.Does the bowl system suck? Yes, the current bowl system sucks, but there aren’t many Saturdays at Beaver Stadium that I would trade to watch semi-professional players prance around in no-name cities for money.

    Penn State has proven that you can keep boosters like the asshole at Miami away from your program and still compete on a national level. There are some bad apples here an there, but it is on a schools administration and staff to run a clean program. I hope they drop the hammer on Miami and Ohio State for turning a blind eye to the stuff that was going on.

    There might be some valid arguments to providing a stipend to players, but I still agree with most of the points JayPa raised in his article. I am interested to see the blueprint that ESPN and its cronies plan to unveil to help college football. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6841380

    Good day sir…I said good day!

  4. Andy says:

    I agree with some of the points that Jay Paterno brings up. Students are getting a ‘free education’, but anybody who knows a collegiate athlete knows that they put in way more time than the hours he stated in his piece. I’m going to have to default to his daddy, Joe Pa on this topic:

    “Twenty years ago, we were allowed by NCAA rules to pay a student ‘laundry money.’ That meant reserving a small piece of a kid’s scholarship, usually about $15 a month, to pay him in cash for spending money, making up in small part for the job he’s not allowed to hold. I feel strongly — and I urge strongly — that that kind of cash allowance be restored, and I don’t care whether we call it ‘laundry money,’ or ‘pizza money,’ or ‘walking around money,’ or, if professors like it better, an ‘honorarium.'”

    It irritates me to no end that people like Nick Saban are allowed to make $5 million a year from the university and profit another $830 thousand in claimed outside income, while players on his team can’t capitalize off the hard work they put in.

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