The ridiculous NCAA penalty of vacating wins has to stop. Here are five ways the NCAA should punish the naughty sports programs.
Daily Five: How The NCAA Should Punish
NCAA, you really have to stop with the whole vacated wins thing.
You can’t unring this bell. You sure as shoot aren’t giving back the revenue you generated off the teams you’re pretending to punish, and you can’t just take away outcomes of games already played.
The Louisville basketball team won the 2013 NCAA national championship.
It didn’t matter how many allegedly lurid acts were baked into the cake; Louisville scored 82 points in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 8, 2013, and Michigan scored 76.
The USC football team won the 2004 BCS Championship, Notre Dame won 21 football games in 2012 and 2013, and yes, Joe Paterno won 409 games as a college football head coach when it was 2012, and he won 409 games as a college football head coach when it was 2015.
As misguided as the concept of a slippery slope might be in so many controversial areas of our existence at the moment, it absolutely applies to the punishment of vacated wins.
You really want to do this, NCAA? No, NCAA, do you really want to do this?
Two words: Sam Gilbert.
So what should the NCAA do? What are real sanctions with enough teeth to make it hurt when programs are naughty?
Along with punishing schools by making them watch regular season college basketball (shudder) – and nailing the particularly bad programs by forcing them to sit through an entire Virginia game – here are five raps on the knuckles that schools really, really, really don’t/wouldn’t like.
Let’s start with one currently in play, but needs to be used more.
5. Reduce the scholarships
This continues to be a big problem when handed down to offending schools – and that’s okay.
This didn’t destroy USC after the Reggie Bush fallout, but it sure did hamstring the program for several years.
Don’t let anyone fool you when it comes to the highest of high-end recruiting programs – it’s still a guess.
The more players you bring in, the more chances you have at getting guys who pan out – duh. Take away a few scholarships, and you can’t miss. You have to be air-tight on your analysis and projections.
Yes, you can still sign a whole slew of five-star talents, but once you start taking away scholarships, then the depth starts to diminish. Or, the five-star guys notice that the team is probably going to struggle a bit since it’s not playing with a full deck, and stay away.
USC stayed relatively healthy in 2011, and it went 10-2 and Lane Kiffin looked like a genius. A few players struggled and some injuries kicked into play in 2012, and it was a 7-6 season closing out with a lifeless Sun Bowl loss.